Representatives of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Antigonish County Municipality shared their experiences with joint economic development and planning at a national conference. Last fall, the two goverments entered into a partnership called a Community Economic Development Initiative. They received guidance from the national Aboriginal Economic Development organization called CANDO and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Paqtnkek Chief Paul Prosper and Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron made a joint presentation at the CANDO conference in Fredericton this week.
McCarron says both he and Prosper highlighted the details of the accord reached between the two communities and what the future may hold economically
McCarron says in the presentation he and Chief Prosper talked about opportunities of economic development, the need for building relationships and getting to know each other as communities.