WINNIPEG – A he-said she-said style battle has erupted over the Red Sun Smoke Shop and Gas Bar at Roseau River First Nation.
The gas station is currently closed after the Roseau River First Nation took over the shop on Wednesday evening.
A release from the community announcing a news conference to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday said the people running the gas station “were escorted off the premises” on Wednesday evening in a “peaceful repossession.”
The shop will reopen under the name Kiinu Smoke Shop and Gas Bar, with profits benefitting members of the First Nation, the news release said.
However, a disagreement over who rightfully owns the station has erupted, with former chief Terry Nelson, now grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization, saying the gas station was built by private investors, including his daughter, Kathy Nelson. The current First Nation leadership says in the news release the shop was built with $2.1 million from the community.