On June 21, 2017, we co-signed the Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability – Friendship Agreement. It is a 30-year agreement based on friendship and respect, in order to achieve a sustainable and mutually beneficial future for our community. This agreement opened up employment opportunities for First Nation members within YVR. More than 90 members of the group are now employed directly at the airport or have contract work there. “We are all involved and working together, and that`s what makes a difference between this agreement and the others.” “The friendship between Musqueam Indian Band and YVR is incredibly important to our people,” said Chief Wayne Sparrow. “YVR is located in our traditional countries and we all enjoy a positive relationship. This agreement provides Musqueam with important educational and employment opportunities at YVR, a voice for future development, environmental improvement and restoration, and financial support that will enable our people to develop our economic base and invest in our community. Point, himself a member of the group, believes that the agreement and the opportunities it offers are an excellent example of what can happen when a large company and an Aboriginal community work together. Over time, with predictable revenue, the total financial gain for Musqueam could reach $300 million, according to Musqueam City Councillor Wendy Grant-John, who was among the group`s negotiators to reach an agreement with the airport authority. It justified this decision by an expected increase in turnover of 5% per year at the airport. The agreement also emphasizes the importance of protecting land and water around Sea Island, which is just across the river from the Band`s main reserve in south Vancouver. Part of this work will include restoring and improving land, reducing or reducing aircraft noise, and identifying and protecting historic band sites. The agreement, signed last June between YVR and Musqueam, is a 30-year agreement that recognizes the airport`s responsibility to work with the First Nations community for a mutually beneficial relationship.
The agreement includes scholarships, new jobs, revenue sharing, protection of archaeological resources and support for YVR`s long-term development. “I don`t think there was an agreement on revenue sharing between an airport and a First Nations community,” grant-John Reporters said after a press conference in an airport hangar in the traditional Musqueam house. “This is an incredible and amazing arrangement for our community.” This important agreement sets a solid precedent for how YVR recognizes its relationship with indigenous peoples and how we will work together to manage the airport for the benefit of all. RICHMOND, BC, June 21, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, the Musqueam Indian Band (Musqueam) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) the Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability – Friendship Agreement, a 30-year agreement based on friendship and respect to achieve a sustainable and mutually beneficial future for our community. Elders, Musqueam Chief Council, Council of Directors and Business Partners participated in the ceremony, which included the official signing of the agreement and traditional musqueam songs at the YVR, followed by a party, the convening of witnesses and the exchange of gifts at the Musqueam Cultural Pavilion. YVR and Musqueam have had a relationship since the airport`s inception in the 1930s.