Dene Tha’ First Nation and Town of High Level

Dene Tha' High Level working Group

Dene Tha' and High Level working group.


Unique Features of this Partnership

The Dene Tha’ First Nation and Town of High Level partnership is unique in that Dene Tha’ has three communities that are regionally separated (Bushe River, Meander River and Chateh), and the Town of High Level is a business and shopping hub for much of north-western Alberta. These partners will participate in CEDI between 2018 – 2021.


Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

• Exploring emergency preparedness, water and waste water infrastructure and tourism opportunities

• Shared learning on each other’s governance and jurisdiction models, culture and history
 

Accomplishments

• Partnership resilience through the wildfire evacuations in May and June 2019

• Established high-priority joint community economic development opportunities

 

In the Media:

 

Why Work Together?

 
“I am pleased that both Council’s agreed to participate in this important initiative. We recognize that working together to address our economic challenges will strengthen our relationship and the regional economy, and move our communities forward.”

- Chief James Ahnassay, Dene Tha’ First Nation


“There are few words that mean more to me than ‘reconciliation’. It is through a mutual resolution to work together that both the Dene Tha’ Council and the Town of High Level Council have embarked upon this journey. It is our belief that we can succeed best and quickest by helping each other. I could not be more happy or honoured to begin our hard work.”

Mayor Crystal McAteer, Town of High Level

 

Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage B: Vision of the Stronger Together process, working to develop a vision for their partnership, identify actions and develop a work plan for their joint community economic development initiative(s). Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

• Exploring emergency preparedness, water and waste water infrastructure and tourism opportunities

• Continuing shared learning

 



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For More
Information:

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