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.
âIt’s a little shocking sometimes, you know, how many people are still going there,â owner Michelle Cameron told 680 CJOB.
âIt 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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âAll these years INAC has been seen as something negative. It’s like it’s like the governing body of our peopleâ¦ 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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âIt feels good to see a non-native person wearing something that most people think is native-only,â Cameron said.
âIt’s not just for Indigenous people, it’s for everyone. “
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