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First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative

Stronger Together: Joint First Nations–Municipal Community Economic Development Toolkit

What is the Stronger Together Toolkit?

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

Who should use the Stronger Together Toolkit?
First Nations and municipal elected officials and staff who want to strengthen their relationships with their neighbours and engage in joint planning for community economic development. The Toolkit can also be used by community members and organizations such as tribal councils, chambers of commerce, provincial and territorial associations, treaty commissions and regional economic development agencies.

Why a toolkit?
While plenty of planning tools are available, there are few resources on how First Nations and municipalities can collaborate.

Stronger Together Toolkit The Stronger Together

Toolkit provides a step-by-step process and a set of tools for First Nations and municipalities to work together on joint CED. The Toolkit is unique because of its focus on the processes and structures needed to support joint First Nations-municipal planning and decision making.


In FCM's and Cando's experience, many municipalities and First Nations want to collaborate but don't know where to start. There are significant differences in the communities' legal rights, economic conditions, demographics and cultures, and how they govern themselves. The Stronger Together Toolkit aims to bridge these differences so they can find new ways to work together for mutual prosperity.


Download the Stronger Together Toolkit

Toolkit at a glance

Toolkit-at-a-Glance
This brochure provides a quick reference to the Toolkit and joint economic development. Download, share or print it and talk about it with colleagues, council or a neighbouring community to begin a discussion on First Nation-municipal collaboration.


Download the Toolkit-at-a-Glance

Page Updated: 21/12/2015