The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM), in partnership with Cando,
developed a toolkit that shares the stories and lessons learned from 16 communities across Canada that are part of the joint First Nations-municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)
. In Alberta, the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, the Town of Slave Lake and Sawridge First Nation partnered to develop a joint communications policy and a regional tourism marketing strategy that included a focus on cultural tourism, and pooled their resources to hire a joint economic development officer to implement their plans.
The toolkit, Stronger Together
, includes many examples of how First Nations and municipalities partnered to improve economic development in their regions. Some examples of tools in the toolkit include:
- Assessment tool for readiness for joint community economic development;
- How to write an easy and appropriate invitation letter;
- Coordinating joint key messages; and
- Creation of a friendship accord.
The toolkit also includes a useful glossary in Appendix D. Here are a few examples of the terms:
- Aboriginal self-government: A government that has been designed and implemented by Aboriginal peoples.
- Band: A body of Indians as defined under the Indian Act and declared to be a band by the Governor General in Council for the purposes of the Act. The term First Nation is often used in place of band.
- Band council resolution: A written decision made by a band council. The decision is made during a council meeting and must have the majority support of council members
- Friendship Accord: A type of agreement that publicly declares two or more communities’ commitment to maintaining a long-term friendship.
- Treaty: An agreement between the federal government and a First Nation that defines the rights of the First Nation with respect to lands and resources over a specified area and may also define the self-government authority of a First Nation
While CEDI is not currently intaking any more applications for funding under the program, there are more resources to help you get started if you are interested – and they are only 8 pages each
If you have any questions about the program, contact Helen Patterson, CEDI Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries may be directed to:
Director, Advocacy & Communications