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Partnership Between Des Nedhe Group and Rural Municipality of Corman Park to Bring Strong Economic Value to Region

April 4, 2023
For immediate release.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Des Nedhe Group, the economic development arm of English River First Nation (ERFN) and the neighbouring Rural Municipality of Corman Park have announced a new partnership that will bring strong economic value to the region. Representatives of the groups made the announcement today at the newly built wastewater treatment facility on ERFN’s Grasswoods Urban Reserve.

Supported by an agreement with the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the wastewater treatment facility and critical infrastructure will advance the transition away from septic wastewater systems, reducing environmental impacts and supporting sustainable growth. It will allow Des Nedhe Group to provide wastewater treatment services to the Rural Municipality of Corman Park.

This partnership between a municipality and a First Nation is one of the first of its kind in Canada. It provides an opportunity to develop land in a way that is environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial for both parties.

“This is a ground-breaking partnership that will benefit both English River First Nation and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park,” said Sean Willy, CEO of Des Nedhe Group. “We are proud to be a part of this agreement, which will not only strengthen our economy but also promote sustainable development practices.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Des Nedhe Group and English River First Nation,” said Reeve Judy Harwood of the Rural Municipality of Corman Park. “It is an important moment for of our communities, and we look forward to working together to promote sustainable economic development.”

Des Nedhe Group and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park are committed to creating job opportunities and economic growth in the region, and a model for future collaborations between First Nations and municipalities across Canada.

About Des Nedhe Group
Established in 1991 by English River First Nation (ERFN), the Des Nedhe Development Corporation was designed to grow sustainable employment and business opportunities for ERFN community members. Now, driven by our purpose, rooted in our character and led by a team of experts, Des Nedhe Group has grown into a national leader in Indigenous entrepreneurship and economic development – a diverse collective of Indigenous-owned businesses dedicated to creating lasting change in Indigenous communities and corporate supply chains across Canada.

About the Rural Municipality of Corman Park
The Rural Municipality of Corman Park surrounds the City of Saskatoon in all directions. Corman Park is one of the province’s largest municipalities in area, measuring over 800 square miles and, with 8,568 residents according to the 2016 census, the most densely populated. All major highways leading to the City of Saskatoon as a destination are within Corman Park in addition to over 800 miles of municipal roads that are maintained by the Municipality.

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DATE: 30/03/23