Unique Features of this Partnership
Together, elected officials and senior staff from Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere, and the Columbia Valley Community Economic Development Officer create a small, yet dedicated Working Group. For decades, a community to community relationship was not existent and now, these communities have created an enthusiastic partnership committed to the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of working together. In collaboration, Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere are planning to symbolically and physically connect their communities by way of a Joint Active Transportation Network Plan. Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere will participate in CEDI between 2018 – 2021.
Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes
- Joint Active Transportation Network Plan
- Joint engagement with Provincial Ministries on potential co-management of park and related tourism initiatives
- Joint environmental stewardship and wildlife rehabilitation efforts
- Shared cultural and historical learning
- Band Council and Municipal Council Resolutions passed committing to CEDI until 2021 (March 2019)
- Issued a joint press release announcing the partnership with regional media coverage (May 2019)
- Jointly developed scoring criteria and completed a joint project assessment exercise to score and prioritize joint community economic development initiatives (September 2019)
- Joint Workshop to explore active transportation network plans, to create a shared vision and objectives for a Shuswap Indian Band – District of Invermere Joint Active Transportation Network Plan (November 2019)
- Established a draft Joint Strategic Plan for Joint Active Transportation Network Plan (November 2019)
- Submitted a joint application to the Province of BC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the BC Active Transportation Network Plan Grant (February 2020)
- Formalized Joint Strategic Plan for Joint Active Transportation Network Plan with Council feedback (March 2020)
- Using innovative remote process to collaboratively draft a Relationship Accord for Shuswap Indian Band – District of Invermere (May 2020)
In the Media:
- Columbia Valley Pioneer, May 22, 2019, "Act of Reconciliation"
- e-know.ca, May 15, 2019, "Band and DOI partner for economic development initiative"
- Columbia Valley Pioneer, April 14, 2020, "Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere announce partnership plans"
Why Work Together?
"I am pleased to participate in this important initiative with Mayor Miller and the District of Invermere. This has been so important, not only in working with the Municipality of Invermere to share our culture and the exchange of governance, but to be working together on a common goal to address our economic challenges that will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward."
– Chief Barb Cote, Shuswap Indian Band
"I am confident that our common goals for local economic development and social wellbeing will foster benefits that extend to many other aspects of community building, and CEDI is giving us the framework to work together to achieve strong local results. I look forward to working with Chief Barb Cote and the Shuswap Indian Band for the benefit of both communities."
– Mayor Al Miller, District of Invermere
This partnership is currently in Stage C: Decide of the Stronger Together process, working to develop work plans in order to implement their Joint Strategic Plan for Joint Active Transportation Network Plan, co-manage funding and the consultant responsible to draft the Joint Active Transportation Network Plan. The Joint Working Group has identified the following priorities for the year ahead:
- Co-create a Relationship Accord that reflects their commitment to each other in partnership
- Sign and celebrate this Relationship Accord with community members and regional partners
- Collaborate with hired consultant to design and develop a draft Joint Active Transportation Network Plan
- Complete the Joint Active Transportation Network Plan, and move forward with construction