Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs and City of North Battleford

BATC and Morth Battleford

Unique Features of this Partnership

As the first Tribal Council – municipal partnership to participate in CEDI, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) and the City of North Battleford have brought many lessons, namely around multi-Nation representation, governance and jurisdiction. BATC and the City of North Battleford will participate in CEDI 2016 – 2019.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

• Indigenous Employment and Representative Workforce at City of North Battleford

• Identification of Regional Economic Development Opportunities

• Shared Learning on Urban Reserve Development



• Established Working Group Terms of Reference

• Joint Workshop to explore collaboration on Indigenous employment in the Battlefords region (October 2017)

• Drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy (December 2017)

• Finalized the Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy (JIES) (February 2018)

• Completed JIES Phase 1: Work Experience Initiative: 8 six-week work experience positions for BATC labour force at the City of North Battleford (April – May 2018).

• Offered the 8 from JIES Phase 1, with opportunity to participate in Phase 2: Representative Seasonal Hiring: City of North Battleford seasonal employment opportunities (May – September 2018).

• Received 2018 Affinity Credit Union Economic Partnership Award at the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association/ Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network Conference in Saskatoon

• Joint Workshop to explore regional economic development opportunities, including but not limited to employment, tourism and TLE lands (November 2018)

• Joint-issued RFP for creation of Regional Economic Development Agreement (January 2019)

• Planning for shared learning Workshop on Urban Reserve Development (recommendation from draft Regional Economic Development Agreement) (Summer/Fall 2019)

In the Media:

Commitment to CEDI

Launch of the Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy

BATC and City of North Battleford receive Economic Partnership Award

• Dec 23, 2016: The Battlefords News Optimist: “City and BATC join forces on economic development”

• Mar 27, 2018: Battlefords News Optimist: “Much accomplished during Puffalt’s tenure at City Hall”

• April 3, 2018: Battlefords Now: “City, BATC launch joint Indigenous employment strategy”

• May 3, 2018: Battlefords Now: “City, BATC honoured with economic partnership award”


Why Work Together?

"The Community Economic Development Initiative provides the First Nations and the City of North Battleford with the opportunity to acknowledge each other's contributions and to value the sustainability and growth of the local economy. This continues to be the common denominator in our partnered success while continuing to eliminate barriers such as racism through a process of reconciliation of the past and a cultural understanding of each other".  

– Chief Lori Whitecalf (former Chief, Sweetgrass First Nation)

"We are honoured to partner with BATC on the joint CEDI initiative in order to increase cultural understanding and build stronger relationships.  The Terms of Reference is the first step towards an Accord which will set the vision and tone to provide leadership to our communities. It is our wish and decision to respectfully work together in friendship for economic benefit. To date, we have successfully identified common priorities and economic development initiatives that we will further collaborate on so we may share in the success as we move our region forward as one".

– Mayor Bater, City of North Battleford


Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage D: Act of the Stronger Together process as they enter into their final months with CEDI. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

• Continued identification of regional economic development opportunities, include urban reserve creation within City of North Battleford

• Continued community to community relationship building


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For More Information:

Marissa Lawrence
Senior Program Officer, Cando
T: (778) 628 2180

Helen Patterson
CEDI Program Manager
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6320