Following the devastating wildfires of 2011, the MD of Lesser Slave River joined its municipal neighbous the Sawridge First Nation and Town of Slave Lake in forming the Tri-Council; a governing body made up of elected officials from the three partner regions.
TRI-COUNCIL PARTICIPATION DOES NOT SUPPLANT ANY OF THE PARTNERS’ AUTONOMY OR STATUTORY POWERS TO GOVERN THEIR RESPECTIVE REGIONS.

The initial purpose of the Tri-Council was to ensure that recovery efforts evolved in a positive and coordinated fashion. With the assistance of Alberta Municipal Affairs, the three municipal partners adopted the Tri-Council and CAO Secretariat Governance Protocol. This protocol’s purpose is to provide guidance for how the Tri-Council and CAO Secretariat conduct business, and in so doing, ensure consistency, predictability, transparency, and accountability.

Contact Information


Lana Spencer
Executive Assistant

Email lana.spencer (@) mdlsr.ca
Phone 780.849.4888
Toll-Free 1.866.449.4888
Fax 780.849.4939

In the Words of the Tri-Council Architects

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Consensus-based Decision Making

The CAO Secretariat is made up of the Chief Administrative Officers of the Town and the Municipal District, and the Executive Director of the First Nation, to act as the administration to the Tri-Council.

Novel to the protocol is its use of consensus-based decision making, where consensus is achieved when the elected officials of the Tri-Council (in attendance at a meeting) can “live with” the decision taken or endorsed. As a result of Tri-Council governance, the strategies and projects of the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Wildfire Recovery Plan have been implemented.

An Evolving Entity

Tri-Council remains focused on strategic regional cooperation that serves to capitalize on the Slave Lake vicinity as a regional centre in north central Alberta. The focus is critical to ensure that health, school, government, and key business entities choose to come, stay, and grow in our region. Another evolving purpose is to deal with topical matters that extend beyond municipal/First Nation corporate boundaries, such as emergency management, economic development, and regional wellness activities.

The Tri-Council is determined to build on its four-pillar foundation of People, Reconstruction, Environment and Economy. By working together in this fashion, Tri-Council stands as a collaborative model of governance that has made the Lesser Slave River region stronger than the sum of its parts.

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