Walmart Canada will be the exclusive retailer of Klemtu Spirit Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon, a newly launched seafood product produced by the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation.
Created in partnership with Mowi Canada West, the smoked salmon is processed and packaged by the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation in Klemtu, B.C., who were directly involved in approving the locally inspired name and artwork for this new product. Klemtu Spirit is the culmination of a 30-year partnership between the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation and Mowi operating in their territory.
Fish farming and processing is the main source of employment in Klemtu, generating more than 50 jobs for the small, remote community on the central coast of British Columbia.
Walmart Canada is supporting this initiative by making the product available nationally in more than 330 stores across the country. According to the release from the retailer, this is only the beginning of its commitment to the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation. Walmart Canada is exploring ways to use its size, scale and expertise to create further ties and partnerships in the community.
Over the last 12 months, Walmart Canada has purchased more than $670 million worth of products from 142 suppliers based in B.C.