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First Nations-Municipal Collaboration Programs

Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs and The City of North Battleford, SK

Neil Sasakamoose, BATC executive director, Ali Tatar, BATC director of governance, Kathy Kissick, BATC director of finance, North Battleford (former) City Manager Jim Puffalt, and Angela Aucoin, executive assistant with the City of North Battleford, were presented with the 2018 Affinity Credit Union Economic Partnership Award.

Unique Features of this Partnership

As the first Tribal Council - municipal partnership to participate in CEDI, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) and the City of North Battleford have brought many lessons, namely around multi-Nation representation, governance and jurisdiction. BATC and the City of North Battleford will participate in CEDI 2016 - 2019.

Areas of Collaboration - Joint CED Themes

  • Indigenous Employment and Representative Workforce at City of North Battleford


  • Established Working Group Terms of Reference
  • Joint Workshop to explore collaboration on Indigenous employment in the Battlefords region (October 2017)
  • Drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy (December 2017)
  • Finalized the Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy (JIES) (February 2018)
  • Completed JIES Phase 1: Work Experience Initiative: 8 six-week work experience positions for BATC labour force at the City of North Battleford (April - May 2018).
  • Offered the 8 from JIES Phase 1, with opportunity to participate in Phase 2: Representative Seasonal Hiring: City of North Battleford seasonal employment opportunities (May - September 2018).
  • Received 2018 Affinity Credit Union Economic Partnership Award at the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association/Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network Conference in Saskatoon

In the Media:

Why Work Together?

Chief Lori Whitecalf (former Chief, Sweetgrass First Nation)

"The Community Economic Development Initiative provides the First Nations and the City of North Battleford with the opportunity to acknowledge each other's contributions and to value the sustainability and growth of the local economy. This continues to be the common denominator in our partnered success while continuing to eliminate barriers such as racism through a process of reconciliation of the past and a cultural understanding of each other".  

Mayor Bater, City of North Battleford

"We are honoured to partner with BATC on the joint CEDI initiative in order to increase cultural understanding and build stronger relationships.  The Terms of Reference is the first step towards an Accord which will set the vision and tone to provide leadership to our communities. It is our wish and decision to respectfully work together in friendship for economic benefit. To date, we have successfully identified common priorities and economic development initiatives that we will further collaborate on so we may share in the success as we move our region forward as one".

Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage D: Act of the Stronger Together process as they enter into their final year with CEDI. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

  • Finalizing and signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy
  • Planning for the delivery of JIES Phase 3
  • Connecting local and regional business and industry labour force needs with the JIES
  • Planning for a community workshop to increase community engagement in the Battlefords
  • Continued relationship building
Page Updated: 15/10/2018