Joint Notice to Membership – Protocol Agreement

MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH and TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATIONS

March 21, 2014

Protocol Agreement

Dear Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nation Members,

The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations encompass vast traditional territories that, taken together, include shared areas in the lower mainland.  Our Nations, as part of the Coast Salish families, are each connected through ancestral names, tradition, culture, and spirit, just as we are connected to this land that has been our home since time immemorial.  It is through these connections that we celebrate who we are as family. 

In keeping with our ancestral relationship, our  Nations have come together to continue to protect our home and shared lands for the use of our families and members, and to create long-term economic benefits from use of these shared lands, water, air and resources.  This is based on an inherent and common respect that has been in place between us for over 10,000 years.

In doing so, our three Councils are very pleased to announce that the three Nations have entered into a historic Protocol Agreement that refreshes and reaffirms our long-standing relationship. This Agreement celebrates our cultural and family connections and outlines the practical mechanisms for equally sharing economic benefits arising from crown land sales occurring in our shared lands.  The Agreement also lays the foundation for working together as business partners in the acquisition and development of some significant properties in the Vancouver area as part of a long-term investment strategy that will benefit our communities for generations to come.

We look forward to sharing more about this historic Agreement in the days and months ahead and to host a joint community event this summer to honour our past and celebrate our bright and exciting future together.

We raise our hands to you all for your support in this work.

Download the official, signed notice here

2 thoughts on “Joint Notice to Membership – Protocol Agreement

  1. I think that was the greatest idea of all time! It’s about time all our relatives from Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish Nation combine together! Most of us have families from all three bands! And rather than fight over land rights, it will be easier now that three bands combined will all get their equal share of band lands! Osiem!

  2. I think it’s a great that our relationships with Tslell-Waututh and Musqueam come together in joint ventures. Now having said that as it was mentioned at our last General Meeting, it would be good to have all three nations to combine our meetings concerning the investments that we share together. \o/

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