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First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative

Eagle Village First Nation, Town of Témiscaming, and Municipality of Kipawa, QC

  Eagle Village First Nation Town of Témiscaming Municipality of Kipawa
Population

261 on-reserve, 568 off-reserve

2,385

474

Regional Population/ Service Area

Témiscamingue Regional County Municipality Population (2011): 16,425

Straddling the Quebec‒Ontario border on unceded Algonquin territory, the communities want to create tourism opportunities that celebrate the natural beauty of the region. They have also focused on better coordination among their economic development departments, and led the way in using a CEDI peer mentor to enhance how they work together.

Major industries and economic drivers

The area's economy is based mostly on natural resources, forestry, farming and mining.  Public services, including health and the education, are also strong sectors.

History of the relationship

Prior to joining CEDI, the communities co-existed as neighbours but had no formal relationship. After drafting a joint vision with the help of CEDI, on June 21, 2014 - National Aboriginal Day - the communities signed a Friendship Accord and spent the day celebrating Algonquin culture.

CEDI's focus

Since the start, the communities' joint Community Economic Development (CED) priorities have included:

  • a long-term strategy to develop joint Economic Development Officers (EDOs)

  • development of a joint regional tourism strategy

Milestones

September 2013

Needs Assessment workshop is completed.

January 2014

Relationship Building and Strategic Planning workshops attract elected officials, staff and other stakeholders from all three communities. They identify tourism as the main focus for joint CED.

June 2014

Communities sign Friendship Accord on National Aboriginal Day at Eagle Village First Nation.

 

A joint working group is formed and elected officials and EDOs from all three communities begin working with a CEDI peer mentor to develop a shared vision, mission and values for a joint tourism strategy.

 

Elected officials, EDOs, and businesses from the three communities travel to Algonquin Park and Huntsville to learn about growing tourism from the local Chamber of Commerce.

October 2014

Elected officials and EDOs visit Wendake First Nation near Quebec City and Lac Temiscouata National Park in the east of the province to learn how they planned and implemented successful tourism ventures.

February 2015

A spaghetti supper becomes the appetizer for a successful community meeting on the joint tourism strategy. Over 80 community members, business operators and other stakeholders from the three communities join elected officials and EDOs at the event.

June 2015

The communities celebrate National Aboriginal Day with a community festival and water ceremony on June 21. The event is held at Eagle Village First Nation.

July 2015

Local Algonquin artist, Frank Polson, holds an exhibit in Temiscaming that features ways to enhance and beautify the communities using playgrounds and sculptures.

 

The communities discuss joint proposals for walking and bike paths.

October 2015

EDOs from the three communities present their joint work at Cando conference in Toronto.

November 2015

 

First draft of joint tourism marketing plan is presented to the communities' joint working group.

February 2016

The Province of Quebec announces $36 million for creation of Opemican Park.

 

Final draft of joint tourism marketing plan is presented to the 3 councils and regional officials. It outlines how the communities will diversify their economies and become the gateway to the new Opemican Park.

 

Cando's president awards the three communities certificates of appreciation and recognition for being CEDI pioneers in First Nation-municipal collaboration.

Page Updated: 18/04/2016