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Regina, Saskatoon approve policies meant to give more contracts to Indigenous vendors – CBC

Feb 08, 2023

Regina goal is 20% of procurement contracts going to Indigenous vendors, Saskatoon opts for 5%

City councillors in both Regina and Saskatoon voted Wednesday in favour of specific goals for what percentage of city procurement contracts should go to Indigenous vendors.

Regina city council voted unanimously to set a goal of 20 per cent of procurement contracts going to Indigenous-owned vendors.

According to city officials, it is Regina’s first policy that directly responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

“It’s a significant and historic moment for the city,” Thomas Benjoe, president and CEO of FHQ Developments, the economic development corporation for the File Hill’s Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. Benjoe presented at Wednesday’s meeting.

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