Unique Features of this Partnership

The Dene Tha’ First Nation and Town of High Level partnership is unique in that Dene Tha’ has three communities that are regionally separated (Bushe River, Meander River and Chateh), and the Town of High Level is a business and shopping hub for much of northwestern Alberta. These partners will participate in CEDI from 2018 – 2021.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

  • Exploring emergency preparedness, water and waste water infrastructure and tourism opportunities
  • Shared learning on each other’s governance and jurisdiction models, culture and history

Accomplishments

  • Partnership resilience through the wildfire evacuations in May and June 2019
  • Established high-priority joint community economic development opportunities

Why Work Together?

“I am pleased that both Council’s agreed to participate in this important initiative. We recognize that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward.”
— Chief James Ahnassay, Dene Tha’ First Nation

“There are few words that mean more to me than ‘reconciliation’. It is through a mutual resolution to work together that both the Dene Tha’ Council and the Town of High Level Council have embarked upon this journey. It is our belief that we can succeed best and quickest by helping each other. I could not be more happy or honoured to begin our hard work.”
— Mayor Crystal McAteer, Town of High Level

Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage B: Vision of the Stronger Together process, working to develop a vision for their partnership, identify actions and develop a work plan for their joint community economic development initiative(s). Their areas of interest for the coming year include:

  • Exploring emergency preparedness, water and waste water infrastructure and tourism opportunities
  • Continuing shared learning
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