Vancouver may declare city is on 'unceded land' belonging to First Nations

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Jeremy Nuttall, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:54 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver City Council could formally recognize the city as sitting on "unceded land" belonging to First Nations in the area and are poised to pass a motion to that effect Wednesday.

The motion aims to bring in protocols used by area First Nations for official functions given they never officially gave up their land.

"The modern city of Vancouver was founded on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and that these territories were never ceded through treaty, war or surrender," reads the motion.

Coun. Andrea Reimer of Vision Vancouver introduced the motion and said she isn't concerned about possible legal ramifications of declaring the city is on unceded territory because Vancouver is not involved in treaty negotiations and has no such authority over land.

 


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