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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Dene Tha' First Nation and Town of High Level to participate in CEDI

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HIGH LEVEL, AB, SEPTEMBER, 6, 2019 — DENE THA’ FIRST NATION and TOWN OF HIGH LEVEL 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 the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando).

CEDIDENE THA’ FIRST NATION and TOWN OF HIGH LEVEL are one of 9 partnerships in Canada to embark on a three-year First Nations-Municipal collaboration program. CEDI seeks to improve economic prosperity through joint community economic development and land use planning.

“I am pleased that both Council’s agreed to participate in this important initiative,” said Chief James Ahnassay. “We recognize that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward.”

“There are few words that mean more to me than ‘reconciliation’. It is through a mutual resolution to work together that both the Dene Council and the Town of High Level Council have embarked upon this journey. It is our belief that we can succeed best and quickest by helping each other,” said Mayor Crystal McAteer.

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.

“I am confident that our common goals for local economic development will foster advantages that extend to other aspects of community building, and CEDI is giving us the framework to work together to achieve significant local results”, said Ahnassay.

“I could not be happier or more honoured to begin our hard work,” said McAteer.

CEDI enables participating communities to benefit from workshops, study tours, and peer mentorship which help build strong partnerships and therefore capacity for joint economic development planning, foster strong inter-community relationships, and improve the quality of life for all residents. By working together, CEDI partnerships explore ways to strengthen their communities, the cornerstone of a strong Canada.

About CEDI
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. Find out more about CEDI here:

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