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Economic development spurs urban reserve

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Compiled by Shari Narine







There could be a fifth urban First Nations reserve within the boundaries of Regina. Nekaneet First Nation wants to build a gas station and convenience store on the land located on the north edge of the city. The band will have to apply to Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada to convert the property into reserve land as well as sign an agreement with the city to pay the equivalent of property taxes in exchange for police, fire and other services. The band will also pay fees for water, sewer and garbage removal. The proposal goes to Regina City Council on May 25. Nekaneet First Nation’s main land base is about 390 km southwest of Regina.