News Release - City of Moose Jaw and Police Service Sign Historic Agreements with Kawacatoose First Nation
City of Moose Jaw and Police Service Sign Historic Agreements with Kawacatoose First Nation
MOOSE JAW - During a public ceremony today, the City of Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Police Service signed compatibility, municipal and police service agreements with the Kawacatoose First Nation (KFN) – the first step in designating land within City limits as Federal Crown Land.
The agreements provide for policing and municipal services such as fire, snow removal, water/sewer for the KFN-owned land located at 914 Caribou Street West in Moose Jaw. Council approved to enter into the agreement on June 13, 2016 at its regular meeting.
“The signing of these agreements is a historic move for the City of Moose Jaw,” commented Mayor Deb Higgins. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Kawacatoose First Nation and look forward to the next steps unfolding in the process.”
Confirmation of municipal servicing agreements is a pre-requisite for the KFN requesting reserve status by the federal government. The next steps are expected to take a number of months before reserve status is achieved.
“Kawacatoose First Nation is honored to have a business located in the City of Moose Jaw, a City that has a Mayor and Council who value strong, forward thinking relationships with First
Nations people. This represents a significant milestone for a prosperous and successful partnership that will be recognized throughout Canada,” stated Chief Dennis Dustyhorn.
As Crown land, the property would be exempt from taxation so the City must enter into this fee-for-service agreement. The fee-for-service is calculated the same way as property taxes and is equal to the amount that would be billed for municipal taxes.
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