Author: Narine, Shari
Date published: February 1, 2012
Journal code: ALSW
Parkland County is continuing to strengthen its ties with local First Nations, a priority the county set in its 2011 strategic plan. "Our desire is to establish a stronger working relationship and see if there are areas of mutual benefit for both parties and how we can assist them with that," Mayor Rod Shaigec told the Spruce Grove Examiner. The signing of the new emergency services agreement last summer with Paul First Nation was one of the first significant steps toward taking action in achieving this goal. "This has been a long time coming. The mutual aid agreement we have is one way of showing that we are building a bond with them and trying to work with them," said Paul First Nation Chief Casey Bird. As well, Paul and Alexis First Nations were recently given voting member status on the West Interlake District Regional Water Services Commission in which the county is a major partner. County administration is also working on setting up meetings with Enoch First Nation to discuss installing a broadband tower to include them in the Intelligent Community initiative.