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Grasswoods Urban Reserve Wastewater Treatment Facility

Green Infrastructure, Indigenous Infrastructure
English River First Nation's urban reserve near Saskatoon, SK
$27.3 million
(Under construction)
English River First Nation (EFRN), Des Nedhe Group

Supporting safe wastewater treatment and boosting sustainable economic growth

New Indigenous-owned wastewater treatment facility will provide infrastructure needed for future development.

Fast facts

Indigenous-owned and operated with contracted operations and maintenance support from Saskwater Corporation
Advances the reserve's and nearby municipality's transition away from septic wastewater systems
Reduces adverse environmental impacts and supports sustainable growth

We are investing $27.3 million to enable a new Indigenous-owned and operated wastewater treatment facility and critical infrastructure on English River First Nation’s (ERFN) Grasswoods Urban Reserve. The 135-acre reserve is currently being developed by Des Nedhe Group, ERFN’s economic development arm.

The scalable facility will also allow ERFN to provide wastewater treatment services to the neighbouring rural municipality of Corman Park.

Benefits of CIB’s Involvement

By tapping into our Indigenous Community Infrastructure Initiative, ERFN and Des Nedhe Group are able to access affordable capital to accelerate and future-proof their community.

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Grasswoods Urban Reserve Water Treatment Facility
English River First Nation

This unique partnership with English River First Nation, Des Nedhe Group, the Rural Municipality of Corman Park and Saskatchewan Water Corporation, enabled by CIB financing, signals an important step towards economic reconciliation. We look forward to ensuring we can advance future economic development for years to come.

Vice-Chief Jenny Campbell
Des Nedhe Group

Innovative business ventures like the one we’re creating between Des Nedhe Group, English River First Nation and our partners have the power to not just drive revenue in the short term, but most importantly, support long-term self-determination for the community. At Grasswoods Urban Reserve, we’re leading the way with progressive environmental technologies and creating a sustainable future where economic success and environmental stewardship go hand in hand.

Sean Willy, President and Chief Executive Officer
Government of Canada

Investments in essential infrastructure like modern wastewater treatment facilities are crucial to building strong, healthy communities. With the help of the CIB’s loan and operational training support from the Saskatchewan Water Corporation, English River First Nation will have the capacity to grow the Grasswoods Urban Reserve to accommodate a growing population and more economic opportunities.

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc

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