Stronger Together: First Nation - Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (Repeat)

Presenting organization



The First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) is a joint initiative between Cando and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that enhances the capacity of participating First Nations and adjacent municipalities to engage in joint community economic development planning and initiatives. This Workshop will provide an introduction to the Stronger Together approach and CEDI program best practices and tools, culminating in small-group dialogue. Participants will be invited to work with the Stronger Together tools in their community context, increasing the opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences working with First Nation-Municipal collaboration. There will be time made for dialogue, connections and questions.

What Participants will learn by attending

Participants will learn how to utilize the Stronger Together approach and CEDI program best practices and tools in their own community context; including but not limited to, building and sustaining community to community relationships, co-creating a shared table and Terms of Reference, and identifying joint community economic development opportunities. The Workshop will highlight First Nation – municipal partnerships who have benefited from joint community economic development, drawing on their lessons learned and shared successes.


Marissa Lawrence, CEDI Senior Program Officer, Cando

Presenter Biography

Marissa works for Cando as the Senior Program Officer for the First Nation – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). As a member of the CEDI team, Marissa works with First Nation – municipal partnerships across Canada to establish sustainable and respectful relationships and to build capacity to develop joint community economic development initiatives and land-use plans. Marissa holds a BA in Communications, Minor in Dialogue from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate from SFU, and is a Cando-certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).