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First Nations-Municipal Collaboration Programs

Enoch Cree Nation and City of Edmonton

Mayor Iveson and Chief Morin exchanging gifts during the celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the signing of the MOU.

Unique Features of this Partnership

Edmonton is Canada's fifth largest city with a population of 932,546 (Alberta Municipal Affairs), and Enoch Cree Nation with a membership of 2,100. Enoch Cree Nation - City of Edmonton partnership represents the first CEDI partnership in a large urban context (in CEDI Phase I, the largest municipality was Ville d'Edmundston with a population of approximately 20,000). Enoch Cree Nation and the City of Edmonton will participate in CEDI 2016 - 2019.

Areas of Collaboration - Joint CED Themes

  • Boundary Interface Protocols and Strategies (BIPS) to coordinate planning on the shared border between Parkland County, Enoch Cree Nation and the City of Edmonton
  • Cultural Tourism through the Big Island - Woodbend Park Proposa
  • Sports and Recreation Facility Collaboration
  • Potential Transit Connection between City of Edmonton and Enoch Cree Nation
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Collaboration


Accomplishments

  • Established Working Group Terms of Reference
  • Culturally significant and public signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (March 2017)
  • Collaboration on a letter to the Province of Alberta, regarding the proposed co-management of a provincial park at Big Island-Woodbend
  • Joint Workshop to explore collaboration opportunities in sports and recreation and green energy (December 2017)
  • Joint Workshop with local subject-matter experts to explore collaboration opportunities in permanent supportive housing (PHS) (April 2018)
  • Recommitment to the MOU celebration, including both councils, youth councils and the public (April 2018)

In the Media:

Why Work Together?

Chief Billy Morin, Enoch Cree Nation

"Coming together in a unified way solidifies our commitment to developing a strong and fair working relationship for the rights and benefit of all. This strengthened partnership in the Edmonton metropolitan region continues to honour the terms, spirit and intent of Treaty 6, while allowing for additional outcomes based on mutual benefit."

Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton

"This important step builds on the city's Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue with the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations, along with our participation in CEDI. It also sets a strong foundation for maintaining cooperative government-to-government relationship with Enoch Cree Nation in the spirit of reconciliation."

Next Steps

  • Planning for joint PHS initiativesPotential co-management of a provincial park at Big Island-Woodbend
  • Collaboration through the Boundary Interface Protocol Strategy
  • Potential transit connection between City of Edmonton and Enoch Cree Nation
  • Continued government-to-government relationship building
Page Updated: 15/10/2018