The HBC building in Winnipeg.

A stately historic building in Winnipeg will soon be home to First Nations people and businesses. The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) donated its former flagship store to the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), which represents 34 First Nations communities in Manitoba.

Richard Baker, the governor and executive chairman of HBC, calls the project “a public act of reclamation and reconciliation.”

“As Canada’s oldest company, we have a responsibility to acknowledge our colonial history and to take meaningful action and reconciliation with Indigenous communities.”