Sioux Lookout Mayor Dennis Leney and Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford Bull said they wowed the audience at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference in the Niagara region.
The two communities signed a Friendship Accord in 2012 that’s since expanded to include Slate Falls and Cat Lake First Nations.
Leney and Bull made a presentation on the ongoing and growing successes that came out of the accord, which sets the stage for more collaborative initiatives between the municipality and area First Nation communities.
“Since the signing of the Friendship Accord, we have partnered with Lac Seul and Big Trout Lake (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation) on the FCM/CANDO Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI),” said Leney in a release, “and we’re already making significant strides forward by agreeing to the development of a distribution centre that will provide food and other materials and supplies to remote First Nations communities north of Sioux Lookout.”
The centre will be based at the airport.
Leney said a number of working groups have been established to regularly discuss areas of mutual interest.