Urban reserves are expansions to reserve lands undertaken by recognized First Nations, typically within an urban area. Lands are acquired by First Nations and then converted to reserve status. The economic investment by the First Nation can often have a revitalizing effect on surrounding neighbourhoods. There are more than 120 urban reserves across Canada; the first being established in 1988 by Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatoon.

The City of Edmonton is excited to be a location that is being considered for urban reserves and looks forward to working with First Nations, Federal, and Provincial partners to understand the municipal role in urban reserve creation. This is an opportunity to learn and continue the journey of reconciliation.