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Southern Chiefs plan $130M redevelopment of The Bay as symbol of reconciliation – CBC

Apr 21, 2022

Beaver pelts, elk hide to be transferred to Hudson’s Bay Co. in exchange for Winnipeg landmark

The Hudson’s Bay Co., which facilitated the colonization of Western Canada 352 years ago, is about to transfer its former flagship department store in downtown Winnipeg to Indigenous ownership.

On Friday morning, The Bay will hand over its six-storey, 655,000-square-foot building at the corner of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard to the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, which represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations in southern Manitoba.

The SCO plans to spend $130 million in the coming years transforming the former Bay building into a mixed-use development called Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn, or “it is visible.”

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