Vancouver Fraser Port Authority partners with Musqueam Indian Band

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has signed a relationship agreement with the Musqueam Indian Band to create a framework for a long-term relationship between both parties.

The agreement was signed on 5 November 2021 and sees both parties work together to uphold the rights of Musqueam and move towards a more productive and collaborative shared future.

“This relationship agreement recognises Musqueam’s ongoing stewardship of our territory. It is another fundamental step towards long-term reconciliation through acknowledgement of Indigenous rights to our lands and waters,” said Wayne Sparrow, Chief of the Musqueam Indian Band.

“We are excited to work collaboratively with the port authority to advance our shared goals for a sustainable future, while also providing training and employment opportunities for our people.”

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Robin Silvester, CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, added “We look forward to working with Musqueam in the months and years to come – as neighbours and partners – to build a strong future together that will continue to include meaningful dialogue and a mutual respect that will support our shared priorities.”

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has previously announced it is to spend $1 million to help dredge key Delta channels within the Fraser River communities, focusing on Ladner Harbour and Gunderson Slough. Announced in August 2021, the port authority worked alongside the government to identify other sources of funding that will provide a longer-term solution to support dredging in the local channel.

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