Kitamaat/Kitimat BC, March 28, 2022 — Haisla Nation Council and the District of Kitimat are proud to announce their participation in the 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).

Haisla Nation and District of Kitimat are one of eight partnerships in Canada to embark on this two-year First Nation-municipal collaboration program between 2022-2024. 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 and land use.

“I am pleased to participate in this important initiative with the District of Kitimat,” said Haisla Chief Councillor Crystal Smith. “We recognize that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy and move our communities forward.”

Haisla Nation and the District of Kitimat recognize that long-term partnerships are anchored in a solid foundation, and the CEDI program opens the way for our communities to create economic and social advantages for all citizens.

”I am incredibly happy to see the start of this program to build and enhance the critical relationship between the District of Kitimat and Haisla Nation,” says District of Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth. “What we will accomplish over the next two years in this program will pave the way to a stronger community and economy.”

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.


About CEDI

The First Nation–Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating First Nations and municipalities through joint community economic development and land use planning. CEDI is a joint initiative of Cando and FCM and is funded by Indigenous Services Canada.


For More Information:

Chief Councillor Crystal Smith                                                     Mayor Phil Germuth

Haisla Nation Council                                                                      District of Kitimat

250-639-9361                                                                                     250-632-8900


Tony Brady                                                                                         Maggie Hall

Director of Economic Development                                         Director of Economic Development & Communications

Haisla Nation                                                                                     District of Kitimat

250-632-6151                                                                                    250-632-8900                                                                   



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