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April 28, 2021

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First nation-municipal updates

New resources and opportunities


As we all continue to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of economic development is keeping communities busy planning for the recovery and brighter days ahead. This is also a time to look back on what CEDI has accomplished so far and to reflect on the immense value of this unique initiative.

In this issue, we are sharing a new way to present CEDI; highlighting with short videos a successful partnership that paid particular attention to reconciliation and youth; and offering land-use managers and planners an opportunity to attend a webinar on economic recovery.


The CEDI Team

CEDI’s impact

There are many ways to tell the CEDI story. Over the years, we have highlighted accomplishments and milestones, presented community profiles, developed tools and guides and shared resource compendiums. Today, as we near the end of CEDI’s second phase, we are introducing a concise, user-friendly way of conveying the impact of the work we do to support First Nations and municipalities collaborate on joint economic development projects. Based on facts and figures, this two-page document assembles data and visuals to confirm both the success and the need for CEDI’s approach.

See CEDI’s impact here.

Wisdom from CEDI participants

The partnership between Treaty 20 First Nations & the Greater Peterborough is unique in that it brings together two First Nations, two townships, a regional government, and an economic development corporation. In addition to collaborating on planning, economic development and tourism, they engaged youth on the importance of reconciliation. Although the partnership graduated from CEDI in 2020, their work continues. To highlight key insights about their experience, they produced four short videos that we are happy to share here.

See the four videos (Scroll down for individual links).

Upcoming webinar

In our last newsletter, we introduced the Economic Recovery and Resilience: A Guide for First Nation–Municipal Collaboration to support First Nations and municipalities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters of any kind together. It establishes a framework, informed by national best practices, for communities who want to begin or strengthen emergency management and economic recovery partnerships.

Join us on Monday, May 3rd, 4:45 – 5:45 (ET) at BC Links to Learning for a free webinar for land-use managers and planners working for First Nations or municipalities. This webinar will provide an overview of the Guide and feature the South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP), a coalition of 9 First Nations, 10 municipal governments, businesses, NGOs, chambers of commerce, financial and educational institutions from Vancouver Island. They will share about their experience working together on Reboot – Greater Victoria’s Economic Recovery Plan (2020-2022).

Register here.

The Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) is implemented in partnership with Cando and funded by the Canadian government through Indigenous Services Canada.

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