Musqueam Indian Band and City of Vancouver sign new agreement
Agreement between Musqueam Indian Band and the City of Vancouver is one of the first modern long-term agreements of its kind in Canada.
The City of Vancouver and the Musqueam Indian Band have signed a new comprehensive agreement that is one of the first modern long-term agreements to be signed between a municipality and a First Nation band.
“This agreement reflects the excellent working relationship we have with the City of Vancouver and Mayor Gregor Robertson. Though a long time coming, it provides certainty to my members for the provision of municipal type services and allows Musqueam the opportunities to develop our lands as directed by our members.”
– Chief Wayne Sparrow
The agreement establishes a partnership in which the Musqueam Indian Band will acquire a wide variety of services including police, fire, animal control, water, and solid waste services through the City of Vancouver for market rates. As neighbours, the City and the Band mutually benefit from their productive intergovernmental working relationship.
“This partnership is an excellent example of the opportunities for neighbouring governments to work together. It shows the opportunities in the Lower Mainland for municipalities and First Nations to work together to positively advance their common objectives.”
– Mayor Gregor Robertson
Over the years, the Musqueam Indian Band has increased its capacity to provide certain municipal type services (such as a recreation centre) directly to its members. Through the agreement, Musqueam can source a complete range of municipal services. The agreement provides for lands to be added to the Musqueam reserve and ensures that servicing for these lands will be in place moving forward. It also provides certainty as to costs that the Musqueam will pay on behalf of its members.
The Musqueam Indian Band and the City of Vancouver are separate independent governments. The City and the Band have had servicing agreements for the provision of municipal services to the Band lands for over 40 years.
Vancouver is the first city in Canada to proclaim this a Year of Reconciliation and will be coordinating a series of gatherings, intercultural dialogue and storytelling workshops, public education, and cultural and arts programs in an effort to mend the past and build shared understanding.
The community is invited to attend an event celebrating the signing of the agreement tonight at 5:30 pm at the Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, The City of Vancouver and the Musqueam Indian Band have signed a new comprehensive agreement that is one of the first modern long-term agreements to be signed between a municipality and a First Nation band.