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Tuesday January 23rd 2007 – News Release
Today the City of Regina and Piapot First Nation entered into an agreement that could result in a new urban reserve in Regina.
Under its Specific Claim Settlement Agreement with the federal government, Piapot First Nation, through its holding company, Kehiew Holding Inc., purchased vacant commercial property at 1101 Angus Street. Piapot First Nation intends to develop businesses, including office space, on this property and apply to the federal government for reserve status.
“This is an exciting day for Piapot First Nation, and indeed for all Regina citizens,” said Mayor Pat Fiacco. “The immediate benefits to the neighbourhood include more jobs and more businesses providing goods and services. The quality of life for area residents will undoubtedly improve.”“The Municipal Services and Compatibility Agreement entered into with the City of Regina is an important milestone for our First Nation. It will allow us not only the opportunity to move forward with the reserve creation on the lands we have purchased, but will also help to facilitate ongoing economic development opportunities for our First Nation within the city,” said Chief John Rockthunder.
The Municipal Services and Compatibility Agreement signed by the City and Piapot First Nation sets out the ongoing relationship between the two parties once the property becomes an urban reserve. The City will continue to provide municipal services, like water and sewer, snow removal and fire protection, and through a separate agreement with the Regina Police Service, policing, to the property.
In return, Piapot First Nation will not be charged property tax, but will pay the City a lump sum equivalent to the municipal and library portions of the property tax that would be collected from any other property owner at that location. As well, Piapot First Nation and any occupants of the property will pay all user fees for water and sewer and any special taxes, like local improvements. Development of the property must comply with the City zoning bylaw.
“Today’s signing ceremony is symbolic of the relationships the City of Regina hopes to build with First Nations people living in Regina,” said Mayor Fiacco. “By living and working side by side, we acknowledge and share in the contributions all our citizens make.”
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Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Economic Development Advisor
Piapot First Nation
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