Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Tsleil-Waututh Nation

June 13, 2008 12:46 ET

Signing of Tsleil-Waututh Nation Olympic Legacy Agreement

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - The Tsleil-Waututh Nation announced today the signing of their Olympic Legacy Agreement with the Government of Canada. Tsleil-Waututh is a Coast Salish First Nation, one of the 2010 Olympic Four Host First Nations together with Squamish, Lil'wat and Musqueam.

"The Legacy Agreement is an important milestone for the Tsleil-Waututh community", said Chief Leah George-Wilson. "We have been actively supporting the 2010 Games from the original development of the bid. We were there with other British Columbians in Prague when the Vancouver/Whistler award was made. We have consistently participated in promoting the Games and welcoming visitors to our territory."

The Tsleil-Waututh Legacy Agreement has been some time in the making and is a bilateral agreement between Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh. Minister Chuck Strahl of Indian Affairs and Northern Development attended the signing ceremony held at the Tsleil-Waututh Community Centre.

Leonard George is the former Chief and is also the Tsleil-Waututh Chief Treaty Negotiator. "We want to be able to include British Columbia and VANOC as partners in the Tsleil-Waututh Legacy. Our relationship with the Province is strong and we will use all of our creativity to structure their participation so that it meets their interests as well as our own."

The Canada/Tsleil-Waututh Legacy Agreement provides $17 million to a trust that will principally be used by Tsleil-Waututh to acquire land for future community needs.

"Tsleil-Waututh has already demonstrated that we are prepared to purchase the land that our future generations will require if that is the most appropriate mechanism to meet our needs" said Chief George-Wilson. "We need land for community expansion and to meet the needs of our people for generations to come. We will be focusing our efforts and our resources in that direction." IN: INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Leah George-Wilson, Chief, TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATION
    Primary Phone: 604-551-4607