Hiawatha First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Township of Selwyn, Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan, County of Peterborough and Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development


Participants from Workshop #2 prioritizing which initiatives they want to collaborate together.

Unique Features of this Partnership

This partnership has taken a regional approach to First Nation-Municipal Collaboration, bringing two First Nations, two townships, a regional government, and an economic development corporation together. These partners will participate in CEDI between 2017-2020.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

  • Cultural Tourism through redevelopment of the culturally significant sites and regional events

  • Developing collaborative, regional planning and consultation process

  • Establishing joint economic development collaboration committee



  • All councils and boards have passed resolutions committing to CEDI for three years

  • Co-organizing an educational event about the 200th anniversary of Treaty 20 that engaged Indigenous youth and knowledge holders


In the Media:


Why Work Together?

“Otonabee-South Monaghan is proud to be part of this regional initiative.  OSM Township looks forward to strengthening ties with the Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, our municipal and economic development partners as we work together on opportunities to promote and support our communities.”

– Reeve Dave Nelson, Otonabee-South Monaghan


“Hiawatha First Nation believes working together as part of the CEDI project is important for the future as it allows us to build new relationships, be more informed about our neighbouring communities and fosters a greater sense of understanding and respect.  Through strong lines of communication, collaboration and the potential to build new partnerships we are able to share resources, consider various investment strategies and build an environmentally responsible, sustainable economic platform for generations to come.  We are pleased and proud to be participating in the CEDI project with Curve Lake First Nation, local municipalities, the County of Peterborough and the Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development, with the common goal of bringing new opportunities, business and employment to our region for the mutual benefit of everyone involved.”

– Chief Laurie Carr, Hiawatha First Nation


“Peterborough County is proud to be a part of the CEDI project! We see this as a vital, collaborative approach to understanding and growing together as partners for our region.”

- Warden Joe Taylor, County of Peterborough


Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage B: Vision of the Stronger Together process, beginning to identify and prioritize their areas of collaboration. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

  • Developing, passing, and celebrating a regional Friendship Accord

  • Establishing thematic Working Groups to pursue initiatives of mutual benefit

  • Continued government-to-government relationship building 

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For More

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

Tanya Tourangeau
CEDI Program Coordinator, Cando
T: (780) 990–0303

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

Joshua Regnier
CEDI Project Officer
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6355