MINI THNI (MORLEY), MARCH 16, 2022 — Stoney Nakoda Peoples and Treaty 7 Signatories: Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, Wesley/Goodstoney First Nation, along with Stoney Tribal Administration and the Town of Cochrane are proud to announce their participation in the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI), a national program delivered jointly by Cando (the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, Wesley/Goodstoney First Nation, Stoney Tribal Administration and Town of Cochrane are one of eight partnerships in Canada to embark on this threeyear First Nation-municipal collaboration program between 2022-2025. CEDI seeks to support First Nations and neighbouring municipalities to build respectful and equitable partnerships, and to develop capacity for long-term planning for joint community economic development and land use.
Communities participating in the CEDI program benefit from facilitated monthly working group meetings, bi-annual workshops, and wise practice activities and tools for relationship and capacity building. This support helps the participating communities to develop community capacity for joint community economic development planning, build and strengthen the government-to-government partnerships and inter-community relationships, and improve the quality of life for all in the region. By working together, CEDI partnerships are better able to address local challenges, with local solutions.
“Bearspaw First Nation is very pleased to participate in this initiative with our neighbors in Cochrane; Bearspaw First Nation has expanded its businesses endeavors outside of the Reserve, and this is a logical step in establishing and building those close economic relationships, we look forward to the next 3 years of relationship building, Isniyes (Thank you)” said Chief Darcy Dixon.
“Chiniki First Nation and the Town of Cochrane have a long history. Today both take another step in unity and with a common purpose to affect a brighter future, working together for the economic benefit of members and citizens alike” said Chief Aaron Young.
“Wesley/Goodstoney Council is looking forward to working with all parties. Working together is always stronger than working alone” said Chief Clifford Poucette.
“The Town is honoured to have the opportunity to continue to forge relationships with the respective First Nations of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley,” said Mayor Jeff Genung, Town of Cochrane. “Participating in the CEDI program demonstrates our desire to work collaboratively and provides us with a framework for making significant strides to develop and support joint economic development initiatives.”
On March 15, 2022, elected leadership and senior staff from Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, Wesley/Goodstoney First Nation and Town of Cochrane, and staff from the Stoney Tribal Administration, gathered for an inaugural CEDI meeting. In the spirit of building a new relationship based in truth, understanding and respect, this gathering started with a pipe ceremony signifying the commitment of each community to a new era of government-to-government partnerships with one another.
The First Nation–Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating First Nations and municipalities through joint community economic development and land use planning. CEDI is a joint initiative of Cando and FCM and is funded by Indigenous Services Canada. More information here: www.edo.ca/cedi