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From casinos to cannabis: how a tiny First Nation forged a big business empire – CBC

by pmnationtalk on July 16, 201831 Views

Madawaska Maliseet First Nation is one to watch

July 16, 2018

It’s a blistering July afternoon at the Edmundston Truck Stop. The air vibrates with the low rumbling of a dozen idling 18-wheelers burning fuel.

For Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, that’s the sound of money. The big rigs have 600-plus litre tanks — and the Indigenous-owned gas bar is a popular spot to fill up before truckers hit the Quebec border.

“See all those?” Bernard said. “Every time one of those big trucks fills up, that’s a thousand dollars.”

Gas is just a small fraction of the revenue-generating potential at the Grey Rock Power Centre.

The retail centre, owned by the Edmundston-area First Nation, is a red-hot piece of real estate, right on New Brunswick’s  border with Maine and Quebec, with up to 15,200 vehicles passing by daily on the Trans-Canada Highway.

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