Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay

Fort William and Thunder Bay

CEDI members from both communities, along with federal and
provincial funders, on a site visit of Fort William industrial lands.


Unique Features of this Partnership

This partnership is unique as it involves the Fort William First Nation and City of Thunder Bay councils, along with each community’s economic development corporation. These partners will participate in CEDI between 2016-2020.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

• Collaborating on Economic Development and Land Use Planning; with a focus on preparing and designing Fort William First Nation industrial lands for new tenants

• Leveraging partnership as investor attraction in joint applications and bids

• Strengthening the partnership building on a 2011 Declaration of Commitment



• Engaged federal and provincial funders for support in developing Fort William industrial lands

• Submitted a joint bid for Noront ferrochrome smelter

• Submitted joint application to the Smart Cities Challenge

• Co-presented at the 25th Annual Cando Conference in Enoch, AB in 2018

• Co-Presented at the ISC’s “Ontario Gathering”, Toronto, 2019
   Download Joint Gathering Agenda!


In the Media:

• NetNewsLedger, Apr 13, 2018:

• Chronicle Journal, February 2, 2017:

•, February 1, 2017, “Partnership strives to bring back industry”


Why Work Together?

"We are confident that our common goals for local economic development will foster benefits that extend to many other aspects of community building, and will help us explore ways to strengthen our communities even more." 

Chief Peter Collins, Fort William First Nation


"We signed our Declaration of Commitment in 2011. I feel that, through our collaboration in the CEDI program and the relationships we’ve built, this is the first time we have truly lived up to those commitments."

- Linda Rydholm, former Councillor for City of Thunder Bay

“The CEDI process has been positive for my community. This collaboration between Municipal and First Nation communities is something I have pushed for many years. The facilitation your organization provides is a large part of its success in our partnership with the City. Having a facilitator enables the parties to work together better; neither party is ‘lead’ and both have equal input this way.”

- Michael Pelletier Senior, Director of Economic Development, Fort William First Nation



Next Steps

This partnership is currently in Stage D: Act of the Stronger Together process, working to develop and implement their economic development initiatives. Their areas of interest for the coming year, include:

• Conducting a needs assessment and design for the Fort William industrial lands

• Formalizing their joint economic development working group for the long term through a terms of reference passed by their respective councils


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For More


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

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