International Initiatives

The City of Fort St. John believes municipal policies and programs address challenges faced by our communities, and that partnerships and dialogue with other public agencies and organizations, both near and far, is crucial to this process. Fort St. John is regarded as a leader in developing policies, especially in our resource-based economic region, and is sharing this expertise with officials in other parts of the world.

CISAL (Peru, 2017)

group photo with mayor.jpgFort St. John participated in a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) program to share its expertise and leadership in resource economy management, economic development and gender equality with local government officials in Peru. The relationship helps build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions in Columbia and Peru through partnerships and learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts.

The Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (Communidades Inclusivas y Sostenibles en América Latina) (CISAL) is a five-year program of FCM. It involves a number of municipalities from B.C. and across Canada that have experience successfully diversifying their local communities from single-employer and/or resource-based economies. The long-term outcome is that vulnerable groups within communities in South America impacted by the mining sector enjoy increased social benefits and sustainable, and inclusive economic opportunities by learning from Canadian municipalities that faced similar challenges.

In 2017 Mayor Lori Ackerman signed an agreement with the mayors of Chumbivilcas province in the Cusco region of Peru to work in the strengthening of the planning of local economic development and the inclusion of women in municipal development processes.

Mayor Ackerman, senior city staff, and local economic development officials traveled to the Cusco region to assist local governments with sustainable economic development planning, government transparency and accountability in mining areas, and shared best practices in effective local government operation. The travel was funded by FCM through grants provided by Global Affairs Canada.

Fort St. John will host a delegation of women leaders from Chumbivilcas as part of a study tour in Spring 2018. The women will tour local resource extraction facilities and visit non-profit organizations. They will also meet with local First Nation, business, and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and gender diversity.

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Lori Ackerman
Phone: 250.787.8160
Contact: Trevor Bolin
Phone: 250.262.7334
Contact: Becky Grimsrud
Phone: 250.262.1900
Contact: Lilia Hansen
Phone: 250.261.3148
Contact: Gord Klassen
Phone: 250.794.7750
Contact: Byron Stewart
Phone: 250.793.5923
Contact: Tony Zabinsky
Phone: 250.224.1705