Ohsweken is now home to Canada’s first Tim Hortons on First Nations land.
After 7 years of working out the kinks, co-owner Landon Miller says he’s finally able to buy his favourite cup of coffee in his hometown.
Miller,who co-owns with native hockey legend Ted Nolan, says Tim Hortons–like most franchise companies–likes to own the land its stores are on, but ownership on the reserves is by certificate of possession that only status members of Six Nations are eligible for.
Non-natives can run businesses, but not own the land.
He says the driving force behind it all was community demand, adding some people were going off the reserve three times a day because it had to be Timmy’s.
Miller says it’s a challenge for First Nations business people to find support from lending institutions because of the land use issues, but he’s happy they were able to reach and agreement with the Canadian coffee giant.
He adds the store has already hired 61 First Nations people, including 25 high school students.