Economic Recovery and Resilience: First Nation-Municipal CEDI Guide & Experience of South Island Prosperity Partnership – Cando


Across borders and jurisdictions, natural disasters and economic impacts of COVID-19 have thrust emergency preparedness and economic recovery onto government radars. First Nations and municipalities have unique jurisdictions and responsibilities to their community members; they also often lack the fiscal and human capacity for effective preparedness, response, and recovery. However, a ‘stronger together’ approach can lead to better outcomes. 
The First Nation – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) has created the Economic Recovery and Resilience: A Guide for First Nation–Municipal Collaboration to support First Nations and municipalities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters of any kind together. It establishes a framework, informed by national best practices, for communities who want to begin or strengthen emergency management and economic recovery partnerships.
CEDI will be joined by the South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP), a coalition of 9 First Nations, 10 municipal governments, businesses, NGOs, chambers of commerce, financial and educational institutions from Vancouver Island, to share about their experience working together on Reboot – Greater Victoria’s Economic Recovery Plan (2020 – 2022).


  • Joshua Regnier, UVic
  • Christina Clarke, Songhees Development Corporation
  • Kear Pottris, South Island Prosperity Partnership
  • Elysia Glover, South Island Prosperity Partnership