Band and DOI partner for economic development initiative
The Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere (DOI) are proud to announce their participation in the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI), a national program delivered jointly by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Cando (the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers).
Shuswap Indian Band and District of Invermere are one of nine partnerships in Canada to embark on this three-year First Nation – Municipal collaboration program between 2016 – 2021. CEDI seeks to build capacity for long-term First Nation – municipal partnerships, and joint community economic development and land use planning.
“I am pleased to participate in this important initiative with Mayor Miller and the District of Invermere,” said Shuswap Band Chief Barb Cote. “We recognize that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward.”
As Canada turns its focus on reconciliation, and recognizing that long-term relationships are anchored in a solid foundation, the CEDI experience opens the way for First Nations and neighbouring municipal communities to create economic and social advantages for all citizens.
“I am confident that our common goals for local economic development 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,” said Invermere Mayor Al Miller
Communities participating in the CEDI program benefit from facilitated workshops, best practices, study tours, and peer mentorship. This assistance helps to build capacity for joint economic development planning. build and strengthen inter-community relationships, and improve the quality of life for all residents. By working together, CEDI partnerships are better able to address local challenges, with local solutions.
The First Nations–Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating municipalities and adjacent First Nations through joint community economic development and land use planning. CEDI is a joint initiative of FCM and Cando.
Lead image: The District of Invermere and Shuswap Band blend together as neighbours and a larger singular community. e-KNOW file photo