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Skownan First Nation and Mossey River Municipality partner to foster Economic collaboration

Skownan First Nation and Mossey River Municipality partner to foster Economic collaboration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SKOWNAN FIRST NATION AND MOSSEY RIVER MUNICIPALITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CEDI PROGRAM TO FOSTER ECONOMIC COLLABORATION August 8, 2022 Treaty 2 Territory – Skownan First Nation and Mossey River Municipality are proud to announce their participation in the First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI), a national program delivered jointly by Cando

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SKOWNAN FIRST NATION AND MOSSEY RIVER MUNICIPALITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CEDI PROGRAM TO FOSTER ECONOMIC COLLABORATION

August 8, 2022

Treaty 2 Territory – Skownan First Nation and Mossey River Municipality are proud to announce their participation in the First Nation-Municipal 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).

 

Skownan First Nation and Mossey River Municipality are one of eight partnerships in Canada to participate in this three-year capacity development 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.

 

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.

 

The two are committed to working together for the benefit of all citizens in the region. Together they will utilize the CEDI program supports to strengthen pre-existing relationships and build a solid foundation in order to create economic and social advantages for all.

 

“We are excited to participate in this historical initiative with our neighbors at Mossey River Municipality,” said Councillor Nelson Nepinak. “For generations, our communities shared resources and today we acknowledge that working together to address our shared economic challenges will strengthen our relationship with the local and regional economy and move our communities forward.”

“I am confident that our common goals, matched with a sincere collaborated effort in local economic development, will foster benefits that extend to many other aspects of community development like recreation and youth resources. The team at CEDI is playing a huge role in making this happen at the local level.”, said Councillor Jimmy Chartrand.

“We are excited to form a relationship with our neighbors and partners, Skownan First Nation. Being chosen one of eight partnerships in Canada to participate in this program is truly an honor. We strive to work towards establishing an effective collaboration that will strengthen our communities and reignite the historical relationships of the past. We look forward to building our local economies and identifying ways that we can continue to progress forward achieving mutual prosperity.” Said Reeve Kostyshyn. “We are prepared to put forth our best efforts and work together as one to make this venture a success!”

 

Facilitated by the CEDI program, elected leadership and senior staff from both communities met in May for a one-day workshop with the objectives to strengthen relationships, learn about one another’s economic development processes and priorities, and identify areas of shared interest and opportunity.

On Wednesday, August 17th beginning at 1:00pm, Skownan First Nation and Mossey River Municipality invite all community members and neighbours to join them as Skownan First Nation hosts a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 2 by representatives of the Anishinaabe people and the Crown at Manitoba House on August 2nd, 1871. The event will take place in Skownan First Nation and will include musical and dance performances, cultural and heritage presentations, elder talks, and artisan presentations.

For more information, please check out the ‘Skownan First Nation 150th Commemoration Celebration’ page on Facebook.

For More Information:

Skownan First Nation

Councillor Nelson Nepinak

Robert Lavallee, Economic Development Lead

robertlavalleejr@hotmail.com

Or

Mossey River Municipality – Reeve Ron Kostyshyn

Loretta Woytkiewicz, Chief Administrative Officer

caomrm@outlook.com

204-656-4791

 

 

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