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First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative

Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Eastern-Straight Regional Enterprise Network

Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Eastern-Straight Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) are working together to grow their economies and increase job opportunities for their communities:

Their goals include: 

  • Strengthening and formalize the partnership and relationship
  • Strengthening understanding of culture and diversity
  • Joint energy and power planning
  • Strengthening recreation partnerships
  • Boosting entrepreneurship 

In the news

Work started on municipal-First Nation agreement

Antigonish Co., Paq'tnkek officials formally announce economic development deal

Why work together?

Chief PJ Prosper, Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation

"The CEDI initiative provides a new and fresh perspective on how community and economic development can flourish through partnership with our local municipal neighbours. We are a community within communities and through our joint efforts we are exploring new and innovative ways to improve the lives of all our residents."

Warden Owen McCarron, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish

"By committing to CEDI the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and Paqtnkek have committed to each other and to recognizing our community as one. Within the first year of the working through CEDI we have and are continuing to develop relationships and both a trend and habit of working more closely together. Russell Boucher our former Warden and I shared a strong desire to explore new ground through this partnership and his enthusiasm and dedication to CEDI and working with Paqtnkek is echoed by myself and Council. CEDI has allowed us to build and strengthen our relationships, our knowledge and understanding of how we govern and how we operate day to day as local governments. That process and base is an important component of reconciliation and will allow us to determine where our collective community goes in partnership through the duration of CEDI and beyond."

Former Warden Russell Boucher, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish

"By using the pathways outlined in the calls to action as a guide and keeping Economic Development as a focal point; and with the wisdom and guidance of our Elders, of FCM and Cando we can only succeed. This is a time where municipal leaders have to be open to new approaches, pool resources, and communicate openly. This project is encouraging us to do this with support. We want to make our community, one that includes Paqtnkek and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish a place of peace, and prosperity, a place of respect and dignity, and a place that has a thriving economy. During our initial workshops and meetings together we demonstrated we have the political will, the leadership to do it and that we are committed to working on the rest together." 

Contact information

Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation          

Rose Paul, Economic Development Officer: 902-386-2781 ext. 2263

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish

Tammy Feltmate, Director of Sustainable Communities: 902-863-1117

Page Updated: 25/09/2017