The City and Pelican Lake First Nation have cleared a path to designate the First Nation’s land at 1944 St. George Avenue, the site of Adam’s Lumber, as an urban reserve.
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark and Pelican Lake First Nation Chief Peter Bill, along with the Council of Pelican Lake First Nation, and Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Chair, Jyotsna (Jo) Custead, today signed urban reserve agreements during a special signing ceremony.
“This exciting purchase of the historic Adams Lumber by Pelican Lake First Nation will create a new chapter for this business, the city and the province,” says Mayor Charlie Clark. “I have been impressed with the vision that Chief Bill and his Council have for creating opportunity in the lumber and building industry. I’m grateful that they have chosen to invest here in Saskatoon. The continued establishment of Urban Reserves in our city helps build opportunity for everyone into the future.”
At its regularly scheduled meeting on November 21, 2022, City Council approved the Municipal Services and Compatibility Agreement negotiated with Pelican Lake First Nation. The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners also approved the Police Services Agreement at their regularly scheduled meeting on November 17, 2022. These agreements fulfill the municipal requirements for urban reserve designation.
The agreements address:
- municipal and police services the City will provide;
- service fees Pelican Lake First Nation will pay the City in lieu of property taxes; and,
- compatible land-use and development standards.
“This is a significant achievement for Pelican Lake First Nation. It is an honour to work with the City of Saskatoon. They have opened their arms to us and worked with us,” says Chief Peter Bill. “This is just the beginning of our engagement with the City to create opportunities for our urban Band Members. During these times in which we are all attentive to Truth and Reconciliation and healing, we look forward to our participation in the economy and life in Saskatoon as a path to building strong and positive relationships. We are here to do business and commit to active participation in Saskatoon as we move forward together.”
As part of the signing ceremony, through a special livestream feed, the Pelican Lake First Nation proudly revealed and lit the Adams Lumber sign which originally graced the site and is highly visible from the Idylwyld Drive Freeway. The iconic sign has been beautifully restored to its original state.
Decisions on reserve designation are made by the federal government. Once the property is designated as a reserve, it will become the ninth urban reserve in Saskatoon. When a property transfers to reserve status, it is no longer under City jurisdiction.
For more information on urban reserves, please visit saskatoon.ca/urbanreserves.
About Pelican Lake First Nation
Pelican Lake First Nation is a member of the Agency Chiefs Tribal Council whose home reserve is located on Chitek Lake, Saskatchewan approximately 270 km northwest of Saskatoon. A signatory of Treaty No. 6, approximately 1277 members reside on the home reserve and 416 members live in other communities throughout the province.