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Indigenous-owned Starbucks opens in Campbell River – Times Colonist

The We Wai Kai store is one of only two licensed Starbucks in Canada operated by First Nations

A First Nation has opened a Starbucks outlet just outside Campbell River as part of its quest to become economically self-­sufficient.

The We Wai Kai store is one of two licensed Starbucks in Canada operated by First Nations. In November, the Muskeg Lake Cree First Nations opened the first First Nation-licensed Starbucks in the country on its Asimakaniseekan Askiy reserve in Saskatoon.

The cedar-clad 17,000-square-foot Campbell River store, which opened last week, sports a large painting by local artist Jessica Chickite depicting the We Wai Kai’s creation story.

A grand opening celebration meant to be held last Friday that would have included speeches, dances, and K’amk’amxwaliła — an eagle down blessing ceremony — was cancelled due to inclement weather, though it could be rescheduled.

Shannon Leisz, vice-president of store development at Starbucks Canada, said the opening of the two First Nations-licensed stores stems from a meeting with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) at a conference three years ago.

Read More: https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/indigenous-owned-starbucks-opens-in-campbell-river-8153861

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