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West Vancouver council drops land acknowledgments at meetings

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The Squamish Nation Council has asked the mayor of West Vancouver to meet with Squamish leaders to discuss the district’s decision to withdraw from reading land approvals at meetings.

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In a strongly worded letter from the Squamish Council to Mayor Mark Sager, Squamish said the decision showed a lack of respect and said, “We are committed to the positive relationship we have built with West Vancouver over the years. It is a setback to”.

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“The unilateral omission of verbal land approval from the opening remarks is a disrespect for our country and, after centuries of colonization and oppression by colonial governments, our It shows a lack of understanding of its importance to the people: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, in letters.

At the outset of the final meeting of the West Van City Council, Sager stated that the meeting would be held “in the traditional ancestral and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Skirmish Nation), the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam Nation.” I have read the land approval of He said the council had decided that it would be the last to be recited and that the approval would be printed on the agenda instead.

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“I don’t want anyone to take it lightly,” he said.

The Squamish Nation is disappointed because the land grant “recognizes the spirit of reconciliation based on the fact that this is Squamish Nation’s unceded territory. We are uncomfortable seeing the decision to downplay it.”

And Helsirem said he and two other states were not consulted before the decision was made.

“We have a rich oral heritage, so verbal land grants show respect for our teachings and traditions,” said Khelsilem.

At the November 14 meeting, “You said that the Council wants a meaningful relationship with the First Nations and that it wants to do more than just words. It’s a complete contrast.”

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“I question your council’s understanding and commitment to reconciliation and its desire to truly work together on a project that will affect both governments,” the letter said.

West Vancouver Mayor Mark Sager said the verbal land acknowledgment would no longer be recited at the start of the meeting, but it would be printed on the agenda. Photo by Hank Hill /Posted photo

Postmedia News reached out to Sager for comment.

In January 2021, the Surrey County Council, under former Mayor Doug McCallum, rejected by a vote of 5 to 4 a motion to create a land authorization before a meeting of the Council and the Commission.

Current Mayor Brenda Locke voted in favor of the motion at the time, noting that Metro Vancouver and the British Columbia Federation of Municipalities also recognized Aboriginal lands before the formal meeting.

Surrey has the largest urbanized Indigenous population in BC and has an Urbanized Indigenous Strategy, whose website states that Surrey has Semi-Amu, Katsie and Kwikwetrem. , Kwantoren, Qaikait and Tsawwassen Indigenous Peoples’ traditional territories.

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