Fort St. John, BC - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has awarded the City of Fort St. John the 2018 Award for Outstanding Institutional Contribution to FCM’s international programs. This award recognizes the work of staff and elected officials in support of partner municipalities in Peru though FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL).
“The diversity of experiences this week and the quality of experiences that the City of Fort St. John has forged with local stakeholders and the community demonstrates true leadership,” stated Christopher Yeomans, CISAL Program Director. “The numerous missions that Mayor Ackerman and city staff have undertaken to Peru to support their peers and communities in Chumbivilcas helping them to strengthen their capacity to build better, more economically viable and inclusive communities is a testament to their empathy and commitment to share their wisdom and leadership.”
“From the beginning we realized the CISAL program had tremendous value. We were not only able to share the experience of our community, we saw how fragile community could be,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Through various agreements, including the Community Measures Agreement with BC Hydro, and dedicated efforts to foster relationships with local industry and community partners we continue to strive toward a sustainable and inclusive community.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities program helps build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of 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 and funded through grants from Global Affairs Canada (fcm.ca/CISAL). 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 impacted by the mining sector enjoy increased social benefits and sustainable, inclusive economic opportunities.