Often viewed simply as a commercial space, a grocery store’s value can extend beyond the sum of its transactions. As Winnipeg’s indigenous-owned and -operated Neechi Commons demonstrates, they can also be a cornerstone of community engagement, pride and revitalization. By harnessing the important role that food plays in culture, Neechi Commons supports renewed growth in the culture of a marginalized community, while creating economic opportunities and improving access to nutritious food. Perhaps it’s time for the humble grocery store to figure more centrally in the inclusive and healthy community?

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