First Nations University Urban Reserve

(Red Dog) atim kâ-mihkosit Urban Reserve is now here. It’s been 2 decades in the making, and the paperwork was signed this week at the First Nations University of Canada, at a ceremony.

I hope that the housing will be open to University of Regina, and SaskPolyTech students as well. Currently there are student residence spaces available on campus, although they cost a fair bit more than they did when I lived at the University of Regina 2 decades ago. Luther College Residence is already the closest UofR building to FNUniv.

“(It’s) the only time this has ever happened in … Canada, where an urban reserve specifically for the advancement of education has been created,” said FNUniv president Mark Dockstator. “What that means concretely for the university is we will now have the opportunity to start developing this land and achieving that original vision.”

The university’s founders dreamed of building onto the university with things like student residences, daycares and other support facilities, said Dockstator.

CBC’s coverage in the past of urban reserves has been problematic. Why did they present this as the closing thought of their article 4 years ago on the topic?

“The city says there have been no serious problems with any of the urban reserves.”

No kidding. What about opportunities, or improvements in community satisfaction and harmony (reconciliation)?

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