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Saskatchewan shows the benefits of urban reserve

The development of Urban Reserves in Saskatchewan has proven to be win/win situation for everyone involved. 

And urban reserves are a fairly recent occurrence in Canada with the first one set up, in of all places, Saskatoon in 1988. So urban reserves have only been around for around 30-years. 

For example, on the City of Saskatoon website quote says that the "The City of Saskatoon welcomes these investments in the city and the region, which support the economic, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of the entire community."

There are 28 urban reserves now set up in Saskatchewan. 

And here's something for the general public to keep in mind that while First Nations are tax exempt that municipal service agreements have to be reached with the municipality in lieu of taxes has to be negotiated first before the land can be transferred over to reserve status. 

For example, Western Economic Diversification Canada, a government bureaucracy, commissioned a study called oddly enough "Urban Reserves in Saskatchewan" that cited:

"There are currently over 40 businesses operating on the Muskeg Lake reserve and, in total, they employ over 300 people. 12 The largest on-reserve employers are aboriginal government businesses, and include the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), the Saskatoon Tribal Council, and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA).13 A diverse range of other businesses providing employment include a dry-cleaning plant, an Aboriginal owned trust company, a restaurant, a doctor's office, a large transportation company, three law firms, three insurance brokers with one Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) license issuer, retail stores, a computer training company, gas station, a film production company and a travel agency, among others." 

And if you look at the land the current Kapyong Barracks occupy, it is an area that is ripe for both commercial and residential development. 

It should be noted that Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Belgarde noted, in a joking manner, that you won't see dilapidated houses nor stray dogs wandering the area. The Treaty 1 First Nations are looking to professionally develop and manage the development of the land in the area. 

And I am sure that once development plans are announced that there will be provisions to ensure that any commercial and residential activity will compliment the area in terms of architecture and economic activity.

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