Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Municipality of the County of Antigonish, and the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN)

Paqtnkek and Antigonish

Chief Paul Prosper and Warden Owen McCarron planted a black ash tree in an area known as Walnek as part of the Friendship Accord signing ceremony.


Unique Features of this Partnership

This partnership has the unique opportunity to be developing at the same time that Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation received approval for a major economic development opportunity with the highway Interchange project, a development that will bring positive impacts to the entire region. These partners will participate in CEDI between 2016-2019.

Areas of Collaboration – Joint CED Themes

  • Collaborating on energy efficiency initiatives and developing renewable energy capacity

  • Convening regional partners to explore regional economic development

  • Sharing services and land use planning

  • Business readiness in partnership with ESREN



  • Developed and signed an Anku’kamkewey (Friendship Accord). Organized a public signing ceremony including local dignitaries and community members

  • Hosted first joint council-to-council meeting

  • Held a Joint Energy Efficiency and Renewables Workshop and engaged with national energy experts on developing an joint energy plan

  • Presented on partnership at the 2017 Cando Conference and 2018 FCM Annual Conference


In the Media:


Why Work Together?


"The CEDI initiative provides a new and fresh perspective on how community and economic development can flourish through partnership with our local municipal neighbours. We are a community within communities and through our joint efforts we are exploring new and innovative ways to improve the lives of all our residents."

- Chief PJ Prosper, Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation


"By committing to CEDI the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and Paqtnkek have committed to each other and to recognizing our community as one. Within the first year of the working through CEDI we have and are continuing to develop relationships and both a trend and habit of working more closely together. Russell Boucher our former Warden and I shared a strong desire to explore new ground through this partnership and his enthusiasm and dedication to CEDI and working with Paqtnkek is echoed by myself and Council. CEDI has allowed us to build and strengthen our relationships, our knowledge and understanding of how we govern and how we operate day to day as local governments. That process and base is an important component of reconciliation and will allow us to determine where our collective community goes in partnership through the duration of CEDI and beyond."

- Warden Owen McCarron, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish

"By using the pathways outlined in the calls to action as a guide and keeping Economic Development as a focal point; and with the wisdom and guidance of our Elders, of FCM and Cando we can only succeed. This is a time where municipal leaders have to be open to new approaches, pool resources, and communicate openly. This project is encouraging us to do this with support. We want to make our community, one that includes Paqtnkek and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish a place of peace, and prosperity, a place of respect and dignity, and a place that has a thriving economy. During our initial workshops and meetings together we demonstrated we have the political will, the leadership to do it and that we are committed to working on the rest together."

- Former Warden Russell Boucher, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish 

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:

  • Submitting joint applications for solar energy projects

  • Convening a Regional economic Development Forum between Mi’kmaw communities and local governments

  • Continued government-to-government relationship building

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For More

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