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April 26, 2018, 8:45 am

Whistler Endorses Protocol Agreement with Lil'wat Nation and Squamish Nation

Resort Municipality of Whistler

WHISTLER - During the regular council meeting on April 24, 2018, Council endorsed a protocol agreement between the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation, which provides a framework for the establishment of stronger government-to-government relationships.

The protocol seeks to continue to build the tri-partite relationship, and move forward key areas of mutual interest including intergovernmental coordination, land use planning and management, economic development and transportation initiatives.

“The protocol is an important step in continuing to build our partnership toward shared interests and community priorities,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “It is also marks a local commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which defines a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.”

The protocol aims to establish a cooperative relationship in the spirit of reconciliation for the purpose of addressing topics of mutual interest and to raise awareness and understanding of the three governments.

It builds on a memorandum of understanding signed in February 2017 between the RMOW, the Government of British Columbia, Lil’wat Nation, Squamish Nation and Whistler Blackcomb, which set out a process for further work to explore interests related to land use and planning in Whistler. The MOU discussions created a valuable space for shared dialogue and contributed to establishing a stronger working relationship between the RMOW and the Nations. A second phase of MOU discussions began in October 2017 and have focused on how to best move forward to achieve these key interests. The intent of the protocol is to continue that momentum. It will also help us work together on policies developed through the Official Community Plan.

A key element of the protocol is the establishment of a working committee to be comprised of political and staff members from each of the governments, who will be tasked with fostering the intent of the protocol and working together to address key areas of mutual interest.
The protocol was endorsed by the Lil’wat Nation Council in January of this year and the Squamish Nation Council will be reviewing it at a future meeting.

Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation have formalized their relationship towards mutual interests in land stewardship management through a historic protocol agreement in March 2001.

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