Helen Patterson

Photo of Helen PattersonHelen Patterson, CEDI Program Manager
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Helen Patterson is the Program Manager for the First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). She has a B.A in Economics (McGill University), a M.Sc in Agricultural Economics (University of Wales) and an M.A in Organizational Development (Concordia University).

Helen has over 20 years in strategic planning, project management and organizational development in Canada and internationally working with municipalities, local governments, national and international organizations. Prior to CEDI (2009 – 2012) Helen worked in post-conflict Sri Lanka as Project Director for a $10 million vocational training and leadership program for marginalized youth focused on engaging private sector in training for employment. Helen has served in the role of Program Manager for CEDI since its inception in 2013. She is honoured to work in partnership with Cando (Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers) and with so many inspiring elected officials and staff from the CEDI communities, and beyond, across the country who are leading the way on First Nation – municipal collaboration. Helen lives in Chelsea, Quebec with her two boys and partner and is an active community volunteer, hiker, canoer and cross-country skier.

Shaping the Future of the Saugeen Peninsula 2018 Forum Talk

Stronger Together: A story of a First Nation – Municipal Partnership for Tourism … and more!

The First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) www.fcm.ca/cedi is a joint project of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Cando (the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) to build the capacity of elected officials and staff of First Nations and municipalities in joint community economic development and landuse planning.  Come hear the story of the Ville de Témiscaming,  Kebaowek First Nation and the Municipality of Kipawa and how they went from ‘co-existing’ to creating a joint tourism strategy. The three communities are located on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin, in a resource-rich region of Quebec, approximately 70 kilometers northeast of North Bay, Ontario. Collectively they were concerned about their dependency on the forestry industry and saw the opening of a new provincial park — Opemican Park — as a way to support tourism growth. They decided that a regional approach would better attract tourists. Through working with the CEDI program, they created a vision, a strategy, hired a joint tourism officer and a solid on-going relationship for collaboration well into the future. They are pioneers in the work of First Nations and municipalities working on community economic development in partnership. Come hear their story.

Their work is featured in the following CEDI ‘Stronger Together’ Toolkit https://fcm.ca/Documents/reports/CEDI/cedi_toolkit_EN.pdf and their joint tourism strategy is found here http://www.kipawa.ca/tourisme along with their promotional video http://bit.ly/2n8Dlnu.

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