A new working group has been created that could see more urban reserves being created in Manitoba.
Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson says municipalities had a lot of questions about urban reserves.
He says they often felt left out of talks about creating them in their towns and cities.
“A lot of them felt like they were being included in the dialogue a little bit too late. First Nations talking to the federal government, talking to the province, but not including the municipal government until the last minute.”
The group is creating a toolkit that will help First Nations, municipalities and other levels of government follow the right steps.
“So if there’s an urban reserve, do we need to lawyer up right away, what are the steps we need to follow. The accord is an outlining of the work ahead, a pretty significant step towards making urban reserves way more accessible.”
The new partnership between municipalities and First Nations groups is being announced today.