By Thomas Piller – Global News – Originally Posted October 22, 2019 2:22pm – Photo from Global News Video

Saskatoon took a step forward in welcoming its eighth urban reserve on Tuesday.

A formal signing ceremony was held between the City of Saskatoon and Kahkewistahaw First Nation to clear a path to designate the land at 1215 Claypool Drive.

Kahkewistahaw First Nation Chief Evan B.G. Taypotat said a gas station, hotel and conference centre would be built and that the economic benefits would help the city as well as support families that have suffered because of residential schools.
“There’s going to be a lot of jobs for there for First Nation youth, [and] the people of Saskatoon. For us, if we can get these kids and these people working at the jobs then they have money in their account. If they have money in their account they can do things like go to a [Saskatoon] Blades game.”

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said that the employment opportunities would help at-risk youth.

“We’re spending a lot of money and resources on people just in the warehouse of the justice system,” he told Global News.

“If we can create the conditions for these young people to succeed, everybody benefits.”

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