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June 30, 2021

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First nation-municipal updates

Learning from the past, building a better future


June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to honour Indigenous Peoples and thank them for their wise guardianship of the land we live on today and reflect on our continued journey together.

But this year, we are also grappling with the recent, horrifying discovery of Indigenous children’s remains on the sites of former residential schools in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. As all of Canada grieves with these children’s families and communities, FCM offers our deepest condolences to survivors of this shameful part of our country’s history.

FCM supports a national initiative to identify, commemorate and protect residential school burial sites across Canada, a process that must be Indigenous-led and carried out through ceremony. For more on FCM’s position on the issue of residential schools and reconciliation, please see our statement.

In this issue, we are highlighting four partnerships that have reached many milestones over the past year, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Make sure to read their updated profiles to find out more.

As we close the very successful CEDI Phase 2, we look forward to the next phase of this initiative. Our collaboration with Cando is moving to a new stage and our joint team will soon be adding new staff members. Together, we are eager to support a growing number of First Nation – Municipal partnerships. Look out for information on how to apply in the September issue of this newsletter.

In the meantime, don’t forget to join our First Nation - Municipal Collaboration Network on Facebook to share your stories, questions and resources with others working on these issues.

In respect and solidarity,
The CEDI Team


Our partnerships have been busy!

As Phase 2 was wrapping up, four partnerships managed to get an awful lot done over the last few months. They are Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and City of Vernon, Dene Tha’ First Nation and Town of High Level, Yellowknives Dene First Nation and City of Yellowknife, Shuswap Band and the District of Invermere.

Okanagan Indian Band and City of Vernon focused on joint tourism initiatives, including the production of a new educational pamphlet and the creation of new signage to present the history of culturally significant locations. Vernon City Council endorsed a territorial acknowledgment to be used at meetings and public hearing. The partners also committed to meeting twice a year to discuss issues on mutual concern. These are just a few of their accomplishments. Find out more.

Dene Tha’ First Nation and Town of High Level finalized a Friendship Agreement and adopted a shared partnership logo. Having identified emergency preparedness as a priority, they completed the first stages of a joint regional emergency plan training. They also developed a five-year Joint Strategic Plan to guide their future collaboration. These are just the highlights. Find out more.

Yellowknives Dene First Nation and City of Yellowknife participated in four joint workshops, maintained a successful collaborative Working Group, co-applied for and received CanNor funding, and co-managed a consultant to create a Joint Economic Development Strategy covering local business and entrepreneurship support, workforce development and tourism. That’s not all. Find out more.

Shuswap Band and the District of Invermere have been working on a Joint Active Transportation Network Plan, including a joint workshop with 22 local and regional stakeholders. Looking to the future, they Developed a role description and hired a local ‘Partnership Coordinator’ to support the partnership after their participation in CEDI. Get all the details. Find out more.

Upcoming Economic Development Youth Summit

On August 9-13, Cando will be hosting the 2021 (virtual) Economic Development Youth Summit for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous youth aged 18 to 30 from across Canada. Registration is by application and there are 40 spots. Each delegate successfully completing the Youth Summit will receive course credit suitable for an Indigenous Economic Developer Certification. More than $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning teams. This is an excellent way to learn and develop collaborative skills. Find out more and apply 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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