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La Ronge & Stanley Mission Site Tour

In the summer of 2014 the CIP team was joined by representatives from the UK-based Plunkett Foundation to visit the communities of La Ronge and Stanley Mission in northern Saskatchewan. The team had the pleasure of two days of co-operative development training and dining with representatives from the La Ronge grocery co-operative, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Amachewespemawin grocery co-operative (Stanley Mission) and Connexus Credit Union.

The team was treated to an amazing tour of the Amachewespemawin Co-op grocery store and gas bar – and some of the team even got to experience their first try at Chester Fried Chicken!

(Other team members said: Really? Did you grow up in a bucket? Chester Fried Chicken is the bomb!)

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support of our trip north:

  • La Ronge Co-op Market Place Food Store
  • Lac La Ronge Indian Band
  • Amachewespemawin Co-op (Stanley Mission)
  • Conexus Credit Union
  • Northlands College (La Ronge Campus)
  • La Ronge Hotel & Suites


The CIP Team. From left to right: Dazawray Landrie-Parker, Nicole McLaren, Peter Couchman, Murray Fulton, Ken Coates, Hannah Barrett, Dionne Pohler, Dawn Brinkmeier, Wu Haotao. Missing: Audra Kreuger (behind the camera).


Eva (GM) and The CIP Team. From left to right: Peter Couchman, Eva McKenzie, Wu Haotao, Nicole McLaren, Dazawray Parker, Murray Fulton, Dawn Brinkmeier, Dionne Pohler, Hannah Barrett. Missing: Bob Walker (behind the camera).