For Immediate Release

September 30, 2017

Rosthern, SK – Chief Roy Petit of the Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation joined local municipal leaders from the towns of Rosthern, Hague, Waldheim, Hepburn, and Duck Lake, the Village of Laird, and the RM of Rosthern today to sign a “Friendship Agreement” – the first of many steps toward improved cooperation in the “First Nations – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Project” (CIPP) through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

Our Friendship Agreement is a non-binding agreement – it creates the foundation we’ll all need to work together in partnership on some of the challenges facing our communities today: the environment, economic development, and so much more” said Chief Petit. “It is our hope that in the spirit of reconciliation, our new partnership will be the beginning of positive relationships between us and our neighbours.

I’m really grateful that we have participation from all our regional partners” added Dennis Helmuth, Mayor of Rosthern. “As we move forward with the signing of the Friendship Agreement, we know that this is not a silver bullet, but rather, it is an indication and a commitment that we will be good neighbours and friends, and work together on projects of mutual interest for all our communities.

The objective of the Community Infrastructure Partnership Project is to strengthen partnerships between communities, identify areas of mutual interest, and explore specific ways for the communities might work together.

The unsigned “Friendship Agreement” can be viewed here. You can view a video recording of the signing ceremony here. You can learn more about the Community Infrastructure Partnership Project here.

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523 ext 237


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