This land is your land: Vancouver city council to local First Nations

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Bryn Weese, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver city council formally acknowledged Wednesday that the land on which the city is built actually belongs to three local First Nations.

But landowners shouldn’t worry, according to Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The move, he said, is largely symbolic albeit an “important gesture.”

“We are formally acknowledging that we are on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. There was never any treaty with these nations.... At this point, the city is acknowledging that fact.”

When it comes to actual land titles, he said, that’s the jurisdiction of the provincial and federal governments.

The motion, which passed unanimously Wednesday, also calls for city staff to develop a set of aboriginal protocols to be used when welcoming people to council, city hall and city events.

 

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