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City planning for First Nation Urban Development Areas

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First Nation Urban Development Areas are emerging as successful aboriginal economic generators across western Canada.

The City of Brandon is now working to ensure that a First Nation pursuing development opportunities within the municipality is set on a path to economic success.

Through an established federal process, a First Nation acquiring land in an urban centre can apply for reserve status on the land.

With status approval the group can create of a First Nation Urban Development Area (FNUDA).

This has become a popular option for aboriginal business development across Canada in recent years, particularly in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“As one of City Council’s 10 strategic priorities focuses on community and social inclusion, we recognize the potential that First Nation Urban Development Areas hold for the Aboriginal community and we welcome the opportunity,” says Mayor Rick Chrest.

“We know the appetite for these types of aboriginal economic development areas is out there, so our priority is to ensure we, along with the community, understand the role a municipality plays in the success of First Nation Urban Development Areas.”

The Mayor says that interest in Brandon shown by First Nation groups has spurred City administration to publish a series of informational documents on its website, and to research best practices for Municipal Services Development Agreements.


These agreements are the legal mechanism used to set out the expectations for development and municipal service delivery for the identified lands.

Another important piece to the City’s work in understanding FNUDA’s is a partnership with the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council to offer in-depth training on Indigenous Awareness to key stakeholders who would play a role in such potential partnerships.

The City’s support of FNUDA’s is also in alignment with a Memorandum of Understanding on Aboriginal Economic Success signed by the two parties earlier this summer.

“The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council is currently developing an Aboriginal Economic Strategic Plan, with one of our goals being to encourage the economic participation of Aboriginal people in Brandon and surrounding areas,” says Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council Chair Leah LaPlante.

“As such, BUAPC welcomes the City of Brandon’s proactive work when it comes to better understanding First Nation Urban Development Areas.”

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Today, we offer neck and shoulder stretches, courtesy of Allseating, to help alleviate tension in the upper back caused when seated at your workstation.

Ideally, for every hour of sitting, you should get up and walk around the floor where you work for a few minutes.

This helps to break up the muscular tension that can build from static postures.

Another great thing to do for your body is to stretch during the day and we’ve asked Iris Sokol, ergonomist and health and wellness expert, to demonstrate how to do that right at your workstation, and you don’t even leave your chair!


Iris Sokol demonstrates some easy stretches for your neck and shoulders.

This series of neck and shoulder stretches help alleviate tension in the upper back.

Remember, that should always feel good, and if your body hurts while you stretch it means you are stretching too far and need to back out of it.

If you have any body issues or health problems, please consult with your doctor before you try these, or any other type of exercises.




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