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NEWS | October 3, 2016

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New guide to support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Like all Canadians, municipal leaders were moved by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Reconciliation with Indigenous communities is an immense, national undertaking — one that we must all take part in together. That’s why FCM is releasing a new guide that highlights some of the many ways municipal leaders are responding to the TRC’s historic Calls to Action. The guide leverages the work of the BCMC Working Group on Partnership and Reconciliation.

Pathways to Reconciliation outlines how cities and communities are working to forge a new path with Indigenous people, based on empathy, respect and an honest understanding of history. As municipal leaders, we have an important role to play in the process of reconciliation. Only through true partnership — government to government, people to people — can we reach our shared potential and build a better future for all. 

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IN THIS ISSUE

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between First Nations and municipalities

 
cosmetic Message from FCM Corporate Sponsor: Public Safety Canada
cosmetic New climate change and asset management programs
 
cosmetic Once-radical sustainability ideas go mainstream
 
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Mayors call for national leadership to tackle housing

Members of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) presented the federal minister responsible for housing with principles for the National Housing Strategy at last Friday’s Toronto Housing Summit. 
 
Hosted by Toronto Mayor John Tory, the summit put the spotlight on 1.5 million Canadians now living in need of safe and affordable housing. 
 
Mayors called for significant, dedicated funding for housing solutions from its promised Phase 2 of the Social Infrastructure Fund. Phase 2 of the federal long-term infrastructure plan is an historic opportunity to secure urgently needed investment to tackle the housing crisis.
 
Last week’s meeting created high profile for FCM’s priorities for Phase 2 and the National Housing Strategy (NHS). The consultations on the NHS close October 21. FCM’s submission to the NHS is in its final stages of completion. It outlines key principles on housing, and emphasizes the need for flexibility to suit local realities. Read media and social media highlights from the BCMC participation at the Toronto Housing Summit.

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New climate change and asset management programs

We will soon introduce two programs that provide funding and training opportunities for Canadian municipalities, funded by the Government of Canada and administered by FCM.
 
The five-year, $75-million climate change adaptation and mitigation program will help municipalities make low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure investments. The five-year, $50-million asset management program will help municipalities make informed infrastructure investments.
 
Share this information with your municipal staff and encourage them to subscribe to our email newsletter for program updates.

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Funding resources to foster collaboration between First Nations and municipalities

FCM’s Community Economic Development Initiative has identified all of the provincial and federal economic development funding sources available to First Nations and municipalities across the country. Take a look at this comprehensive resource if your community is looking for economic development tools.

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Once-radical sustainability ideas go mainstream

Many of today’s innovative best practices in sustainability seemed radical just 10 years ago. In a series of six articles, we explore inspiring projects and sustainability solutions being implemented in municipalities across Canada.
 
Our second article, on the City of Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, showcases a progressive solution to managing municipal waste. This city turns organic waste into biogas to run city vehicles and heat and cool homes. Read the article.

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Is Your Community at Risk for Flooding?

The National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) was created to address rising flood risks and costs. It funds risk assessments, flood mapping, and mitigation projects. Communities and municipalities should contact their appropriate provincial/territorial government contact to discuss the NDMP application process. For 2017-2018 funding, apply by October 31, 2016. For more information: Public Safety Canada.
 

FCM Tweets

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#CDNmuni leaders join in the process of reconciliation with indigenous communities & commemorate #OrangeShirtDay. http://bit.ly/2djxRkA

On #OrangeShirtDay, FCM's Big City Mayors' Caucus releases Pathways to Reconciliation: http://bit.ly/2dxvFER
#CDNmuni

Is your #FN or #CDNmuni looking for economic dev. funding? Check out this comprehensive list @FNMuniCEDI compiled: http://bit.ly/2biHVc7

Nominate your Community Leaders

Cities and communities across Canada are invited to be part of a nation-wide network of municipal leaders for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Find out how to nominate your Community Leader today!

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