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First Nations, Economic Development, Framework, Partnership, Agreement
Both non-aboriginal corporations and First Nation bands are recognizing the benefits of forming economic partnerships. Each First Nation is unique and economic partnerships have to be designed to fit the partners capabilities. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the development of a framework for an economic partnership between the Lheidli Tenneh First Nation and the Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation. This framework was intended to offer structure, engagement, and guidance to that partnership. The economic development framework was created by a committee composed of representatives from the two parties with one of the authors acting as the facilitator. The committee identified nine elements that were deemed important to their relationship. It expanded on each of these elements under the headings of our definition, strategic actions and performance measures. The framework developed by the committee is intended for the Lheidli Tenneh First Nation and the Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation but can serve as a guide for other parties.