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First Nations-Municipal Collaboration Programs

Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Councillor Linda Rydholm, CEDI program manager Helen Patterson, and Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins.

Unique Features of this Partnership

This partnership is unique as it involves the Fort William First Nation and City of Thunder Bay councils, along with each community's economic development corporation. These partners will participate in CEDI between 2016-2019.

Areas of Collaboration - Joint CED Themes

  • Collaborating on Economic Development and Land Use Planning; with a focus on Fort William First Nation industrial lands
  • Leveraging partnership as investor attraction in joint applications and bids
  • Strengthening the partnership building on a 2011 Declaration of Commitment


  • Submitted a joint bid for Noront ferrochrome smelter
  • Submitted joint application to the Smart Cities Challenge

In the Media:

Why Work Together?

Chief Peter Collins, Fort William First Nation

"We are confident that our common goals for local economic development will foster benefits that extend to many other aspects of community building, and will help us explore ways to strengthen our communities even more."

Mayor of Thunder Bay, Keith Hobbs

"We are thrilled to participate in this important initiative with Fort William First Nation ... We have recognized for years that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward."

Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage D: Act of the Stronger Together process, working to develop and implement their economic development initiatives. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

  • Conducting a needs assessment and design for the the Fort William industrial park
Page Updated: 15/10/2018