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December 9, 2020

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First nation-municipal updates

CEDI participants continue to thrive


Welcome to our last newsletter of 2020. We are closing out this uniquely challenging year with another CEDI resource and three more community partnership profiles.

Although these past few months have curtailed our ability to meet in person, we remain as determined as ever to forge ahead in the spirit of collaboration. We continue to be inspired by all the ideas and projects that CEDI partners are developing and pushing forward, and we look forward to sharing their successes with you in the New Year.

We wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season.

Here is a gift from Economic Development Alberta!

The CEDI Tea

Check out our new online tools

Today, we present our latest offering: The Economic Recovery and Resilience Guide. It is designed for elected officials and staff of First Nations and municipalities who want to work together on emergency preparedness and economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The comprehensive Guide covers mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. We are confident you will appreciate the tips, best practices, case studies, and more. Download it now!

Reminder: in our last newsletter, we showcased 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. This is a comprehensive resource that many communities are finding very helpful.

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.

Treaty 20 – Greater Peterborough Area

This partnership took a regional approach to First Nation-municipal collaboration by bringing together two First Nations, two townships, a regional government, and an economic development corporation. In 2018, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Treaty 20, they co-organized a very successful educational event that engaged Indigenous youth and knowledge keepers. Last year, they signed a Friendship Accord, and a short video of the partnership was produced.

See the video

Dene Tha’ First Nation – Town of High Level

Dene Tha’ First Nation and the Town of High Level have battled significant wildfire and pandemic emergencies. Together, in response to regional challenges and needs, they focused on waterline infrastructure, a joint emergency plan and a multi-use recreation/emergency reception centre. Three newly created sub-committees Theare leading the work on these joint community economic development initiatives.

Find out more

Yellowknives Dene First Nation – City of Yellowknife

This is the first partnership to pilot CEDI’s two-year, accelerated model. Their joint funding application to CanNor was successful, and they are now hard at work on the development of their joint economic development strategy. They are also building capacity so they can continue to collaborate after they graduate from CEDI in 2021.  

Follow their progress

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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