Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
K’ai Taile Market in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
VisionQuest took over the project of a new grocery store in August 2017 after difficulty arose with the original contractor. We hired a new contractor, updated the business plan, completed financing applications, and began excavation on the basement. By March, the steel frame of the building was erected and a General Manager was hired. We then held a hiring fair and had 13 staff hired by June. The soft opening took place August 1, 2018. This project highlights our ability to gain forward momentum within challenging time and geographical constraints.
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Elders and Youth Lodge in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
VisionQuest Advisors recently worked with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation to renovate and expand the community Elders and Youth Lodge. We were truly excited to help create the community’s vision of a gathering space where members can come together to learn and socialize.
ACFN asked VisionQuest Advisors to handle the project management of their 2017 housing project. Six houses were constructed in Fort Chipewyan to help address the shortage of quality housing in the community. An Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grant was applied for and received, helping to cover the costs of ensuring each home received energy efficient appliances.
Economic Development Strategy
VisionQuest worked closely with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Community on their Economic Development Strategy. After extensive consultations with the residents of Fort Chipewyan, primary objectives were established and fully explored with detailed analysis and recommendations provided for each opportunity. The plan forward was clearly laid out, with a step by step process of how to approach the many objectives and turn them into reality.