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Urban Reserves & Treaty Land Entitlement

Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) is a process used by the Federal and Provincial governments to resolve outstanding obligations to First Nations who did not receive all of the Reserve land to which they were entitled under Treaty. TLE has enabled First Nations to purchase land and transfer it to Reserve status. 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. Before an urban Reserve is created, the City of Saskatoon and the First Nation sign agreements that cover commitments to work together, municipal services, fees for services, and compatible standards for development.

More information regarding treaty land and entitlements can be found here.

First Nation Community Profiles

The City of Saskatoon partners with First Nations that have land holdings and reserves in the Saskatoon region, creating First Nation Community Profiles. The Community Profiles are intended to encourage new relationships with First Nations and promote economic opportunity.

The First Nation Community Profiles feature information on:

  • Community highlights and opportunities
  • Historical information and location of home reserve
  • Demographics, employment data (where available), and land holdings
  • Current and proposed business developments
  • Chief and Council 
  • Contact information

Profiles are available for the following First Nations who have land holdings and reserves within the City of Saskatoon and region.

ayisiyiniwak: A Communications Guide

ayisiyiniwak [a/yi/see/ni/wak, Cree for ‘the people’]: A Communications Guide” (ayisiyiniwak) is part of the City’s commitment to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s Call to Action #57, which specifically calls upon governments to: “provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations.” 

Originally developed in 2017 as an educational resource for City employees to enhance their understanding of Indigenous culture and practices, copies of the guide have since been requested by organizations across Canada including government agencies, other municipalities, educational institutions and community groups.  

Visit the ayisiyiniwak webpage for more information and to download a copy of the guide.