Riversdale Saskatoon

Looking down 20th Street towards downtown Saskatoon in Riversdale. (Courtesy of Alisha Edgelow)

Saskatoon’s economy is strong, and many people who live in the city are well prepared to take advantage of the benefits that come with the good times.

'There's definitely a lot of work to do' - Gilles Dorval 

However, the city’s Director of Aboriginal Relations, Gilles Dorval, worries that the growing urban aboriginal community may not be armed with the tools needed to thrive in a healthy economy.      

"We want everybody to enjoy the prosperity that the city of Saskatoon is going through," Dorval explained, noting, "not everybody is at the same starting place.”

City partners with First Nations and Metis leaders

That’s why the city of Saskatoon is working with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the Central Urban Metis Federation to host a gathering of the aboriginal community.

The groups want to make sure that members of the community are fully aware of all the support programs that are available to them, but Dorval said they also want to take time to listen.

"We are one of the leading edge municipalities with the development of urban reserves with our partnerships with the aboriginal community, but there's definitely a lot of work to do."

The urban aboriginal community gathering happens this evening in Saskatoon from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST at the Saskatoon Inn.