Agreement between city, Kahkewistahaw First Nation signed on Tuesday

Saskatoon will soon have a new urban reserve.

On Tuesday officials from the City of Saskatoon and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation “cleared a path” to designate the First Nation’s land at 1215 Claypool Drive as an urban reserve, according to a City of Saskatoon press release.

“Creating a new urban reserve in Saskatoon is a sign of strength for our city,” said Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark in the release.

“We can be proud as a community that the Kahkewistahaw First Nation saw opportunity in Saskatoon for a partnership and committed to work with the City to spur investment and opportunity.”

Clark said the establishment of new urban reserves forges new relationships between the two parties and will help stimulate growth for both the city and the Kahkewistahaw First Nation.

The urban reserve agreement was signed by Clark, chief and council of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, and Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair, Darlene Brander during a special ceremony on Tuesday.

Kahkewistahaw First Nation’s Chief and Council represent roughly 2,100 Cree band members and say they’re pleased to enter into an agreement with the city.

“We firmly believe that economic development is where Kahkewistahaw’s sovereignty lies,” said Kahkewistahaw First Nation Chief, Evan B.G. Taypotat, in the release.

“If we can make jobs, we employ our people. If we employ our people, they make money. If a person has money for their family, they have opportunity. If they have opportunity, then we leave the effect of residential school in the past. That is the vision and direction we will proceed with Kahkewistahaw Eagles Landing.”

The Kahkewistahaw Eagles Landing development will be constructed in the Hampton Village Business Park, with the Municipal Services and Compatibility Agreement between the City of Saskatoon and the First Nation approved on Sept. 30, 2019.

The agreement explains the city will provide municipal and police services, with the Kahkewistahaw First Nation paying the city a service fee instead of property taxes alongside compatible land-use and development standards for the project.

The Federal Government is the body that designates a property a reserve.

Once the property receives official designation it will be the eighth urban reserve in Saskatoon.

Article by Guy Quenneville · CBC News · Posted: Oct 01, 2019 12:37 PM CT

Kahkewistahaw First Nation to develop 16 hectares in the city’s Hampton Village Business Park

Chief Evan B.G. Taypotat of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation had just finished his pitch for a new urban reserve in Saskatoon (time limit: five minutes) when he signaled to Mayor Charlie Clark that he had more he wanted to say.

“I was interviewed by a reporter on the weekend,” he said once back at the podium. “I could just kind of sense that hesitancy in their voice. They think that this is going to be an area that just First Nations people are [at]. That’s absolutely not the case.”

Everybody, whether they’re a member of the Broadview, Sask.-area First Nation or not, will be welcome to enter and even seek jobs on the urban reserve, Taypotat said.

“You’re not even going to likely know you’re on the First Nation, other than maybe some road signs,” he said. “Money doesn’t see any colour.”

Taypotat was at city hall on Monday — Orange Shirt Day, meant to spread awareness about the legacy of Canada’s residential school system — to thank city council for backing a new agreement that sets the stage for Kahkewistahaw First Nation to develop the city’s next urban land reserve.

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Chief says new Saskatoon urban reserve meant to ‘break that damn cycle of the residential school’