Known in Cree as Sakitawak (“where the rivers meet”), Île-à-la-Crosse is located in beautiful northern Saskatchewan surrounded by pristine lakes and forests.
The Île-à-la-Crosse Fish Company, located about 375 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, supplies the fish fillets for CO-OP GOLD PURE® Northern Pike, Walleye and Lake Trout.
The federally certified fish processing and packing plant opened in November 2017, jointly owned by Sakitawak Development Corporation and Big Island Fishermen’s Co-operative. Not only does the business directly employ local people, it supports commercial fishing businesses and up to 100 support workers.
One of the benefits of the relationship is being able to offer customers a high-quality, sustainably sourced and local fish product. Another benefit is that Co-op is supporting other co-operatives and the economies of northern communities; the Île-à-la-Crosse Fish Company partners with Wollaston Lake Fisheries and northern Manitoba fishers for example.
In 2019, Co-op Gold Pure Fish Fillets were recognized with a Canadian Grand Prix New Product Award.
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