Article by Guy Quenneville · CBC News · Posted: Oct 01, 2019 12:37 PM CT

Kahkewistahaw First Nation to develop 16 hectares in the city’s Hampton Village Business Park

Chief Evan B.G. Taypotat of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation had just finished his pitch for a new urban reserve in Saskatoon (time limit: five minutes) when he signaled to Mayor Charlie Clark that he had more he wanted to say.

“I was interviewed by a reporter on the weekend,” he said once back at the podium. “I could just kind of sense that hesitancy in their voice. They think that this is going to be an area that just First Nations people are [at]. That’s absolutely not the case.”

Everybody, whether they’re a member of the Broadview, Sask.-area First Nation or not, will be welcome to enter and even seek jobs on the urban reserve, Taypotat said.

“You’re not even going to likely know you’re on the First Nation, other than maybe some road signs,” he said. “Money doesn’t see any colour.”

Taypotat was at city hall on Monday — Orange Shirt Day, meant to spread awareness about the legacy of Canada’s residential school system — to thank city council for backing a new agreement that sets the stage for Kahkewistahaw First Nation to develop the city’s next urban land reserve.

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Chief says new Saskatoon urban reserve meant to ‘break that damn cycle of the residential school’