Many people in Inuvik have cabins and tents on the land.
The Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop started as a government project in 1970 and continued in that manner until 1990. Today the Canvas Shop, as it came to be known across the North, is a successful business, employing 17 producers on both a full and part-time basis.
Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas Shop is located above the Arctic Circle in a Gwich’in community of approximately 800 people. The factory attests to the skills local native people have been employing for generations making moccasins and traditional clothing.