Breaking down barriers – Building new economies

Regional Distribution Centre

Taking Back Our Food Chain

Building Capacity in Remote Communities

March 26-28, 2018
Lac Seul Events Centre
Frenchman’s Head, Lac Seul First Nation

Join us to continue the conversation started by the 2015 & 2016 Meetings held by the First Nation – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative and Regional Distribution Centre Project. Explore initiatives and solutions for building capacity in your community to increase access to affordable and healthy food.


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The communities of Sioux Lookout, Lac Seul First Nation and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) have been chosen to participate in a pilot program called First Nations- Municipality Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) they are one out of six in Canada.

The purpose of the project is to address a particular issue, propose a practical solution that will contribute to developing and implementing a joint economic development project and build capacity among elected officials and staff to do joint community economic development planning between First Nations and Municipalities.

The partners have chosen to work towards the development of a Regional Distribution Centre focused on the 31 Far North communities currently served by the Sioux Lookout region. The partners are seeking to explore the feasibility of a Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) that would serve as a central distribution point for fresh foods and consumer goods. Through preliminary discussions between the partners the RDC concept would operate as a non-profit social enterprise.

The primary objective of this study is to build partnerships that will support the project into the next phase of development. Through the community engagement process the CEDI community committee will strive for northern communities’ involvement, address the unique needs and circumstances of each community, and create an enterprise that will achieve community ownership.

The Municipality of Sioux Lookout is located in northwestern Ontario and connects over 30,000 people in 29 remote northern First Nations communities to health care, social, government and education services.

CEDI is a joint initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and is funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).