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08/31/2021

Western Nations opens in Prince Albert, Sask.

Kelly Gray
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Western Nations opening with community members
The new gas bar is owned by Sturgeon Lake First Nation.

A new gas bar in Prince Albert, Sask. is the first Western Nations-branded fuel site and the first urban gas bar owned by Sturgeon Lake First Nation.

“The Western Nations Gas Bar Program provides the opportunity for Co-op to develop mutually beneficial relationships built on shared values with Indigenous partners,” says Scott Banda, CEO of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).

Launched in January, Western Nations offers a unique brand for a growing network of independent, locally-owned Indigenous gas bars across Western Canada that are fuelled by FCL.

READ: Western Nations gas bar brand serves Indigenous entrepreneurs and communities

The Prince Albert location will operate as Tipi Fuel and Convenience Store. The new site was established from a partnership between Lake Country Co-op and Sturgeon Lake Developments Ltd.

“It is important to partner with a like-minded organization,” says Chief Ermine of Sturgeon Lake First Nation. “Although we could open a fuel station on our own, it is smarter to work alongside an organization experienced in the industry that shares similar community values and understands First Nation community beliefs. FCL and Lake Country Co-op have proven they are this partner.

“The Western Nations Gas Bar will create employment, career development opportunities and economic spin-offs in addition to providing access to numerous supports including the unique Community Building Assistance Program,” he says.

According to FCL, Indigenous communities operating or developing gas bars benefit from the Western Nations brand through financial incentives, operational support, reliable local supplies, trusted fuel and the Community Building Assistance Program.

The new gas bar location will provide customers with a range of products and services, including Top Tier certified gasoline, Co-op Premium Diesel, propane, lubricants, convenience store items and a Chester Fried Chicken offering.

Federated Co-ops suggests this opening is just the first in a string of new partnerships between local Co-ops and Indigenous communities. Look for a new location opening soon in Brandon, Man.