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In wake of the tragic discovery of the remains of 215 children found on the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, FCM and its Big City Mayors’ Caucus recommitted to urgently advancing the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
In response to the known and unknown economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Nation – Municipal CEDI program has identified an opportunity to create a Knowledge Product/Tool to support First Nation – municipal neighbours to collaborate on economic stimulus and recovery action.
The Stronger Together Toolkit offers step-by-step guidance on how First Nations and municipalities can find new ways to work together for mutual prosperity.
In 2016, Enoch Cree Nation and the City of Edmonton became partners with the support of the CEDI program, and began to foster mutual understanding, respect, and trust in order to achieve joint economic development initiatives.
Over the past three years, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish have proudly participated in the First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) program.
In 2017, CEDI staff visited one of the partnerships located in western Quebec. Through CEDI (Phase 1), Kebaowek First Nation (formerly Eagle Village First Nation), the Town of Témiscaming and the Municipality of Kipawa developed a tripartite friendship, agreed to pursue a shared tourism strategy and started to explore a coordinated approach to regional economic development.