The Winnipeg Store INAC – The First Nations Clothing Company Thrives in the Months After Launch – Winnipeg
New local INAC store – Indigenous Nations Apparel Company has seen stable sales since opening in Polo Park in June.
“It’s a little shocking sometimes, you know, how many people are still going there,” owner Michelle Cameron told 680 CJOB.
“It was going to be a temporary store, like a seven month term just to smell it and see how things were going. But we’ve since met the Polo Park Cadillac Fairview, and we’re going to sign a long-term lease solely based on the success we’ve had so far.
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The name of the store was inspired by the acronym INAC which stood for the former Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
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“All these years INAC has been seen as something negative. It’s like it’s like the governing body of our people… we want to take INAC back and turn it into something positive.
Cameron sells items from Native artists, buys their work and donates a share of the proceeds.
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“It feels good to see a non-native person wearing something that most people think is native-only,” Cameron said.
“It’s not just for Indigenous people, it’s for everyone. “
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