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November 9, 2020

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First nation-municipal updates

CEDI participants continue to thrive


We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s first newsletter of the pandemic era. In this second issue, we present another CEDI resource and three more community partnerships.

Every day, First Nations and municipalities forge ahead together to find joint solutions to common problems. As they look for new opportunities to collaborate on economic development projects, they provide inspiration and ideas for other communities dealing with similar local challenges.  

We invite you to learn more about them here.

The CEDI Team


Check out our new online tools

In our last newsletter, we showcased two new tools. The First Nation Municipal Funding Resource page is a valuable compendium of financial resources available for businesses, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities affected by the pandemic. The Collaboration Between First Nations and Municipal Economic Development Organization Guide offers tips on how First Nations and municipalities can collaborate on economic development initiatives by building trust and bridges.

Now, we want to highlight the Joint Working Group Tool. It is made up of four components: a guide to form and manage working groups, and three templates to help you throughout the process: 1) a sample agenda for a kickoff meeting, 2) a set of Dialogue Principles and 3) a sample Terms of Reference. Make sure you read the Dialogue Principles – they will help you manage interactions in a respectful and productive way.

Community Profiles

Discover partnerships that work

For more than eight years, the CEDI initiative has helped neighbouring municipalities and First Nations develop partnerships that establish and support their mutually beneficial economic development goals. Today, as they continue to promote reconciliation and collaboration, nine partnerships are helping to coordinate local action to address regional issues and build a more sustainable economy for all.

We are presenting three of these partnerships here.

Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Municipality of the County of Antigonish

These partners worked together to develop new Active Living Plans and recreational programming to ensure inclusion in their Nova Scotia communities. Today, while they have formally graduated from the CEDI Program, they continue to explore collaboration opportunities to improve energy efficiency. They were recently profiled in the online publication Reasons to Be Cheerful.

Read the article

Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay

In 2019, following successful engagement of their federal and provincial counterparts, Fort William First Nation’s received over $260,000 in funding to support the design and marketing for the Fort William’s industrial lands. This is a great example of collaboration across 4 jurisdictions. Despite COVID-related delays, they have hired a consultant who is currently working on the design aspect of this joint project.

Find out more

Shuswap Band and the District of Invermere

These communities have created an enthusiastic partnership committed to the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of working together. In collaboration, Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere are planning to symbolically and physically connect their communities by way of a Joint Active Transportation Network Plan. Follow their progress to learn from their experience.

Find out more

This program is funded by the Government of Canada and implemented in partnership with Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers).

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