Wollaston Lake Arena To Be New Community Store

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 13:19



The residents of Wollaston Lake have come up with a plan to deal with the sudden loss of their only grocery store and postal outlet.


Fire destroyed both facilities this past Saturday.


Band spokesperson Rosalie Tsannie-Burseth says the band will use insurance money to rebuild the store. But in the meantime, a temporary store will be set up at an arena.


All of the community’s mail will be directed there, as well.


Tsannie-Burseth says the old store had just received a shipment of fresh produce the day of the fire. She says it will be another three or four days before a new order of fresh produce comes in by air, since the ice road to the remote community is now closed.


Tsannie-Burseth says people on social assistance will definitely feel a crunch over the next few days.


However, she says her community’s reliance on game and fish will help it pull through.


Tsannie-Burseth notes the site of the fire is still smouldering, and she’s asking parents to keep a close eye on their children until the debris is cleaned up today or tomorrow.