Urban reserves can spur First Nation economic development 

The federal government has changed its additions to reserve policy (ATR) to streamline and improve the process for changing First Nation-held land into urban reserves.An urban reserve is land that Ottawa has designated as a First Nation reserve in an urban setting and that maintains the tax-exemption status of reserve lands. Urban reserves are controversial because they are tax exempt and critics believe they present an unfair advantage to non-Aboriginal businesses.However, if done properly, urban reserves can greatly spur First Nation economic development because they allow bands to exploit economic opportunities unavailable on traditional reserve lands. In fact, an upcoming

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