FCM understands that the solutions to some of this country’s biggest national challenges can be found in local communities. We work hard to ensure our members’ issues are heard at the federal level. What’s more, our members receive exclusive access to distinct benefits, everything from expert analysis on federal legislation that impacts municipalities to a say in resolutions that guide FCM’s advocacy work on Parliament Hill.
FCM and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) have launched Phase 2 of their successful Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) for First Nations and nearby municipal partners. Between now and 2021, as many as 30 new communities will create joint economic development and land management partnerships based on their shared desire for a better future. From the start, these new CEDI partners will be able to learn from Phase 1’s participating communities and from CEDI resources that apply not just to our formal CEDI partners but to other First Nations and municipalities across Canada who choose the path of collaboration.