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Musqueam Yvr Agreement

“I don`t think there was an agreement to share revenue between an airport and a First Nations community,” Grant-John told reporters after a news conference at an airport hangar in Musqueam`s traditional home countries. “This is an incredible agreement for our community.” “I think there are probably a lot of really interesting agreements between businesses and First Nations, but they`re just sitting in a folder drawer. This agreement is alive every minute of every day,” Point said, referring to the many jobs it has given to the community. On June 21, 2017, we jointly signed the Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability and Friendship Agreement. It is a 30-year agreement based on friendship and respect to achieve a sustainable and mutually beneficial future for our community. This important agreement sets a strong precedent for how YVR respects its relationship with Indigenous peoples and how we will work together to manage the airport for the benefit of all. The airport authority has agreed to provide apprenticeships and jobs for musqueam at the airport, contract Musqueam businesses and fund up to 10 scholarships per year worth $10,000 each. The agreement states that the airport authority will hire a Musqueam “relationship manager,” whose work includes exploring joint ventures. Part of the deal, which took two years to negotiate, is to give the Musqueam the opportunity to “come and work on the land where their ancestors once lived,” Point says. Over time, with increased revenues, the total financial gain for the Musqueam could reach $300 million, according to Musqueam City Councillor Wendy Grant-John, who was one of the band`s negotiators to reach an agreement with the airport authority. She justified this figure by an expected increase in revenue of five percent per year at the airport.

Grant-John, who is a former leader of the group, said the new deal “brings life” in Johnny`s words. His speech moved Craig Richmond, president and CEO of the airport authority, who later said the deal would “change their lives in terms of economic impact.” “We are all involved and working together and that`s what makes the difference between this agreement and others. The agreement includes a range of scholarships and new jobs, one percent of YVR`s annual revenue share, identification and protection of archaeological resources, and support for ongoing operations and long-term development of the airport. This agreement gave First Nations people employment opportunities at YVR. Meanwhile, more than 90 band members are employed directly at the airport or work there on contract. The Musqueam Indian Band and the Vancouver Airport Authority on Wednesday signed a 30-year “sustainability and friendship agreement,” under which the band could raise up to $300 million over the life of the agreement. Learn more by watching the official signing of the agreement The agreement also highlights the importance of protecting the lands and waters around Sea Island, which sits directly across the river from the band`s main reserve in south Vancouver. Some of this work includes restoring and improving land areas, reducing or mitigating aircraft noise, and identifying and protecting the band`s historic sites. Point, a band member himself, believes that the agreement and the opportunities it offers are a great example of what can happen when a large company and an Indigenous community work together. The agreement was signed on National Aboriginal Day. Watch the video below for an update on our progress.

It`s simple, she says: “The airport made the very good decision to start with the locals. “One person is on my right, one person is on my left and says, `I have an interest in your country,`” Grant-John said as he read Johnny`s words. “And I want these people to let go of my hands and give me control of my own country. I don`t want anyone to bother me. Point says that Indigenous groups and businesses often ask him how the airport and Musqueam have such a good relationship. . “She asked me if I needed a job and I said, `Yes,` and then what happened, I applied and she hired me the next day.” When Mary Point was hired as the Manager of Indigenous Relations at Vancouver International Airport last year, she took on a position created to connect the airport community to the Musqueam Band, on whose land the airport is located. This includes the opportunity for Musqueam artists to showcase and sell their creations in the airport`s souvenir shops and duty-free shops.

. Vancouver International Airport and the Musqueam Indian Band are located in the same rural community that is the traditional territory of Musqueam. Musqueam has played a vital role in the business and operation of YVR. “Where this is going to change us is that we are mobilizing their young people and giving them a path from education to employment,” Richmond said. “And who knows – as I said in my speech – where this will lead in the coming decades, but it will lead well somewhere.” Point is also responsible for ensuring that band protocol is respected when Indigenous events take place at the airport. For more information, read the press release HERE and the background HERE. John Grant is an electrician and carpenter by profession. The Musqueam band member was unemployed at the airport one day when he said Point had recruited him. . “This is the first time our boss has said that the Musqueam really felt heard and involved,” Point said. Grant now works in parking and ground transportation security. The agreement is subject to the completion of the Musqueam member consultation process before the end of July.

More details on the Sustainability and Friendship Agreement between the Musqueam Indian Band and YVR Airport are described in an official information report and available at Craig Richmond, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, added, “This is an incredible day as we mark the evolution of our relationship with the Musqueam people. We are proud to look to a future where we continue to learn and grow together for the economic and social benefit of the region. Being able to celebrate this exciting new path with our friends isn`t just good for our business, it`s the right way for YVR to move forward in the community we serve. While the revenue-sharing component of the deal is huge, Grant-John pointed out that Musqueam members said at a meeting Tuesday night that jobs and environmental protection were more prominent. The Airport Authority, which is a private, not-for-profit organization that manages the airport, has agreed to allocate one per cent of the annual revenues to the band. Based on 2016 revenues, the amount is approximately $5 million this year. None of the funds come from the airport improvement fee charged to passengers. Asked why a deal wasn`t made earlier with the group, whose people have been in the countryside for thousands of years, Richmond said, “It`s hard for me to go through so much history.

I`ve only been CEO here for four years and I`m coming in July. But everyone, on all sides, realized it was time. Elders, Musqueam Chief and Council, board of directors and business partners attended the celebration, which included the official signing of the agreement and traditional Musqueam songs at YVR, followed by a feast, witness call and exchange of gifts at the Musqueam Cultural Pavilion. In his remarks to the audience gathered in the hangar, Grant-John shared what former Chief Musqueam Johnny told the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs in 1913. She read some of his words referring to Musqueam`s way of life disturbed and destroyed by the “white man.” Point`s job is to manage musqueam and YVR`s sustainability and friendship agreement, which she says has been a success since it was signed in 2017. The two sides have not always agreed since the first parade pushed the band members out of their homes in 1931. . “It`s one of the most emotional days I`ve ever had,” Grant said.

“I look at our councils, I look at our elders and I say this is just the beginning. We will achieve what all our ancestors wanted. The Sustainability and Friendship Agreement between the Musqueam Indian Band and YVR Airport is based on the four pillars of sustainability: social, economic, environmental and governance. The agreement recognizes the evolving nature of the relationship between YVR and Musqueam through education, employment, revenue sharing, a commitment protocol for long-term development, and support for operations. Vancouver Airport employs approximately 24,000 people. .