Posted November 27, 2014

Six Nations on The Grand River considers reserve brewery

Ohsweken, ON – Canada’s largest First Nations band, Six Nations on The Grand River, is debating whether it should end a ban to sell alcohol on its reserve and build a brewery.

Six Nations Economic Development was approached by IPA Enterprises Inc. of Waterloo to become majority partner in a new brewery to be located at the Oneida Business Park in Caledonia. It is anticipated that the brewery could generate approximately $2.2 to $4 million in annual revenues for Six Nations within 4 years.

Alcohol is a sensitive issue on the reserve. “Six Nations has not officially been deemed a ‘Dry Community’. Up until 1958 it was considered illegal for an “Indian” to purchase or be in possession of alcohol, on or off reserve,” explains Six Nations. “Alcohol is presently being consumed and sold within the community.”

Numerous community engagement dates have been set running from November 2014 to January 2015 to debate the brewery.

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