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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.


ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada’s Call to Action #57 the City of Saskatoon has launched a new resource to enhance understandings of Aboriginal culture and practices called ‘ayisīnowak A Communications Guide [kâ-isi-pîkiskwâtoyahk]’.

The phrase ‘ayisīnowak kâ-isi-pîkiskwâtoyahk’ is Cree for ‘the people are communicating’.

ayisīnowak is intended to provide a basic outline of Aboriginal protocol and governance systems in order to facilitate improved relationship building either as co-workers, through business opportunities, or through inclusion in specific projects.

ayisīnowak was developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner who provided valuable information on First Nation meeting etiquette, protocols and ceremonial traditions.

The content is presented as an adaptive and living document that will continue to develop as our relationships and understanding grows.

NOTE: This publication is the work of the City of Saskatoon, SICC and OTC and any part or all of this work may be used free of charge by any non-profit or educational group for use as a communication guide or for an educational purpose so long as the work is not being sold and the appropriate crediting is given.