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Grad set to establish Edmonton’s first urban reserve – techlifetoday

Enoch Cree Nation chief sees real estate development as ‘reconcili-action’

Located between the hectic Anthony Henday Drive to the west and dark rowhouses to the east that define the edge of Edmonton’s Glastonbury neighbourhood, Billy Morin’s vision for the future can be easy to overlook. It’s a plot of land the size of two or three residential lots, marked by a short chain-link fence and a few coniferous trees.

But Morin (Civil Engineering Technology ’11, Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management ’13), third-term chief of Enoch Cree Nation, knows how important that land really is. It’s the gravesite of the first chief in his nation’s modern history, as well as the final resting place of other First Nations ancestors.

It’s also important, however, for the fact that it does not belong to Enoch Cree Nation, the edge of which lies roughly two kilometres west. Currently, this is city land. To Morin, that’s an opportunity to establish it as an urban reserve – a potential first for a major Alberta city.

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