Yorkton Tribal Council cut the ribbon on new offices today (Friday).
The locally centered tribal group have moved into what was formerly Fairview School, and more recently school division offices.
Now the facility houses the office of YTC’s Tribal Chief as well as health, education, justice, and technical services. In total a staff of 45 will call the refurbished building home.
“This is our new home. There’s nothing more exciting that getting a new home,” said Tribal Chief Isabelle O’Soup.
Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said the opening was indeed a notable affair, calling it “an historic event.
“It’s amazing to see the Tribal Council; how it’s built its organization.”
Ottenbreit said it was good the building has a new use.
“This beautiful building, I’m just so happy it’s been repurposed in this way,” he said.
The new offices, while welcome, are not the end of development for YTC, said O’Soup.
“We have a lot more work and effort ... in the city of Yorkton. This is just a starting place,” she said.
Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney noted YTC is already having a significant impact in the city. He said they are already “one of the biggest employers in Yorkton,” adding “not many people are aware of that.”
Mike Stackhouse, president of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce picked up on the theme of YTC’s economic impact locally noting the organization makes “a significant contribution to the local economy.... It’s invaluable ... the contribution they make to our city.”
After an official ribbon cutting those in attendance were invited inside for tours of the new offices, and to partake in a roast beef dinner.