The Stronger Together Toolkit

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CEDI, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Cando
Morgan Bamford, Theo Breedon, Chris Lindberg, Helen Patterson, Marena Winstanley

The Stronger Together ToolkitAcross Canada, First Nations and municipalities are strengthening their regions by collaborating on service agreements, land use planning and economic development. Through this process, they are working to reconcile past differences and build powerful new relationships based on mutual respect, understanding and a common vision for their future.

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The Stronger Together Toolkit shares the stories and lessons learned from 16 communities that are part of the joint First Nations-municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI), a program jointly delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Cando.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements and information
About us
Chapter 1: Introduction

   The CEDI communities
   How to use the Toolkit
Chapter 2: What communities need to know about joint First Nations-municipal CED
   1 What is community economic development (CED)?
   2 What is joint First Nations-municipal CED?
   3 How should communities choose their partners?
   4 How can communities build a strong relationship?
   5 Who should be involved in the process?
   6 What is a relationship agreement and why is it important?
   7 What structures are needed for joint governance and decision making?
   8 What is different about joint planning and decision making?
   9 What are some examples of joint CED initiatives?
   10 How do community partners select a joint CED initiative to work on?
   11 What is a joint CED strategy?
Chapter 3: A guide to joint First Nations-municipal CED
   Get ready
   Stage A: Connect
   Stage B: Vision
   Stage C: Decide
   Stage D: Act
   Sustaining the relationship
Chapter 4: Tools, handouts and workshop agendas
   Tool #1: Assess readiness for joint CED
   Tool #2: Write an invitation letter
   Tool #3: Plan and manage a joint workshop
   Tool #4: Sample agenda for workshop #1: Connect
   Tool #5: Dialogue Principles
   Tool #6: First Nations and municipal governance and legislation
   Tool #7: Council resolution template
   Tool #8: Sample agenda for workshop #2: Vision
   Tool #9: Sample Friendship Accords
   Tool #10: Joint key messages
   Tool #11: Sample agenda for workshop #3: Prioritize
   Tool #12: Joint SWOT analysis
   Tool #13: Prioritize joint CED options
   Tool #14: Scope vision, actions and values
   Tool #15: Sample agenda for workshop #4: Work plan
   Tool #16: Joint work plan template
   Tool #17: Joint governance terms of reference template
   Tool #18: Conduct a relationship check-in
Chapter 5: Case studies from the CEDI communities
   Sawridge First Nation, Town of Slave Lake and Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No 124, Alberta
   Eagle Village First Nation, Town of Témiscaming and Municipality of Kipawa, Quebec
   Appendix A: Resources
   Community economic development
   Appendix B: A guide to building strong First Nations-municipal relationships
   Collaborating with First Nations: A resource for municipal officials
   Collaborating effectively with municipal governments: A resource for First Nations
   Fostering strong relationships
   Appendix C: Key milestones in First Nations-Canada relations
   Appendix D: Glossary and list of acronyms

SOURCE: Federation of Canadian Municipalities

First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Introduction to CED
Partnership Building
Stories and Experiences

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