City & Thunderchild First Nation Sign New Urban Reserve Agreements
The City and Thunderchild First Nation have cleared a path to designate the First Nation’s Retro Petro Gas Station and Convenience Store at the corner of Idylwyld Drive and 33rd Street as an urban reserve.
Mayor Charlie Clark and Chief Delbert Wapass, along with the Council of Thunderchild First Nation, today signed the agreements at a special meeting of City Council.
“I want to thank Thunderchild First Nation for choosing to invest in our community with the development of the Retro Petro and the establishment of an urban reserve at this busy Saskatoon intersection,” says Mayor Charlie Clark. “Our long history of establishing urban reserves has proven the shared benefits they bring in investment, job creation, and services that benefit the Indigenous community and all citizens of the community. Tangible partnerships like these are meaningful steps in the journey of Reconciliation.”
The agreement will address:
- services the City will provide;
- service fees Thunderchild First Nation will pay the City in lieu of property taxes; and
- compatible land-use and development standards.
“We are very excited to finally conclude the urban reserve process with the City of Saskatoon,” says Chief Delbert Wapass. “This would not be possible without the prayers and support of our Elders/membership and the hands-on support of our Mayor Charlie Clark and his Council. Today is a good day and the beginning of a new chapter in Thunderchild First Nation’s road to economic sovereignty.”
Decisions on reserve designation are made by the federal government. If the property is designated as a reserve, it would become the sixth 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 Thunderchild First Nation
Thunderchild First Nation is an independent Cree First Nation whose home reserve is located approximately 200 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon near Turtleford, Saskatchewan. A signatory of Treaty No. 6, Thunderchild First Nation has 2,800 members. Approximately 1,300 members reside on the home reserve, and 1,500 members live in other communities throughout the province.