Vancouver Land Transfer Deal

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Chief Maureen Thomas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Our ancestors have always been connected to one another…we're connected to the lands, the water

Chief Wayne Sparrow
Musqueam Indian Band

Our First Nation was excited…

… when the lands came back.

Chris Lewis
Elected Councillor/Spokesperson
Squamish First Nation

It was really exciting to partner with the other First Nations.

Joe Gormley
Senior Real Estate Advisor
Public Works and government Services Canada

I would very much so hope that this is the way forward.

Title:
The Vancouver Land Transfer Deal
Strength in Partnership

Joe Gormley
Senior Real Estate Advisor
Public Works and Government Services Canada

In 2009, three Departments: National Defense, Public Works and Fisheries and Oceans had over 30 hectares of valuable property in Vancouver and West Vancouver here in British Columbia.

This was surplus to Federal property needs…

…We had a legal obligation to consult with First Nations and as a result we decided, rather than go as individual departments to get together and go as Canada.

After contacting 17 First Nation groups, 3 responded…

…The three First Nations: Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh identified these three properties as part of their traditional territory.

Chief Ian Campbell
Squamish Nation

The land throughout Vancouver and throughout our territory is laden with place names, mythology, resource gathering areas …many thousands of years of history.

Chief Maureen Thomas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Our ancestors were in these lands here for…since time out of mind…
… and these lands are not new to us…we've always been connected to all these lands.

Chief Wayne Sparrow
Musqueam Indian Band

Our First Nation's always been interested in acquiring lands because land is so important to survive as a community…

…it's always been the intention of our past leaders, elders, to acquire the land back so that we have land for our future generations and also for the opportunity to succeed as a community for economic development.

Joe Gormley
Senior Real Estate Advisor
Public Works and Government Services Canada

The three properties consist of Jericho which is a National Defense property of 21 hectares located on the West side of Vancouver…

…The Jericho Property was declared surplus in the 1995 budget…National Defense however has continued to use the property and will do so until 2017.

…The Public Works property is 8 hectares or just over 20 acres located on the Cambie Corridor. Until last year it was the RCMP E Division Headquarters for British Columbia…

…The third parcel was Fisheries and Oceans…
…A small property of 2 hectares …

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans property in West Vancouver is vacant land.

The estimated value of these properties … through negotiations…was $307 million dollars.

Chief Ian Campbell
Squamish First Nation

These three parcels are important because it has taken generations of effort to finally come to fruition where we're able to engage in economic and business transactions outside of Treaty within our territories.

Joe Gormley
Senior Real Estate Advisor
Public Works and Government Services Canada

Initial discussions were between Canada and First Nations whereby Canada provided First Nations with 28% of the equity of the property to participate in a business arrangement.

They went on to negotiate an additional 22% purchase from Canada Lands Company to arrive at a full 50% partnership with Canada Lands.

We started meeting with First Nations in June of 2010 …and had a large signing ceremony on September 30th, 2014.

Chief Ian Campbell
Squamish First Nation

This to me represents a new chapter of our history collectively, and an opportunity of transformation.

The three Nations coming together represented a lot of strength in how we can really move forward and look beyond whether it's Treaty litigation, negotiation…

…you know negotiation seemed to be the best means for us to achieve certainty for us as well as Canada.

The outcome of the settlement was seeing the three Nations come together, engaging in partnerships with CLC, Canada Lands Company to look at issues of reconciliation in action…

Chief Maureen Thomas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation

If we weren't working together we wouldn't have been able to acquire these lands…and that's so powerful…

…The three of our Nations coming together and building what is our true identity as First Nations people, because that's who we really are is …working together and helping one another.

Chief Wayne Sparrow
Squamish First Nation

…I think that even on the federal side that a deal wanted to get done…
…and it was …it was a partnership.

Chris Lewis
Elected Councillor/Spokesperson
Squamish First Nation

The Squamish Nation has always been in the business of regaining our rightful place back in our traditional territory…

… Regaining our land base back so that we can once again thrive in our traditional territory, economically, but also culturally and socially.

Chief Maureen Thomas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation

There's no words to explain how effective and important these lands are going to be for our future generations.

Chief Wayne Sparrow
Musqueam Indian Band

The potential is huge…

…We'll be working along with the other First Nations and the Canada Lands Company to get the best use of that land….

… Hopefully the return and success is going to be huge for all three First Nations.

Chris Lewis
Elected Councillor/Spokesperson
Squamish First Nation

I think the potential in terms of the three properties is really going to be based on the relationship we build with the City of Vancouver and the local municipalities to ensure that we really come out with a win-win for everybody.

Chief Ian Campbell
Squamish First Nation

As we move forward with rezoning…with community engagement…

…as we start phasing the developments, I'm very excited at the prospect of what can be built together on these parcels and the long-term value that will be created for the local economy but also to showcase this on what can be done by working together.

Chief Maureen Thomas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation

We're not there to take over Vancouver…

…We're not there to disrupt those lands, abuse the lands…

…We're there to make the most out of them…for everybody…not just our People…

…And I commend Canada for allowing this to happen at this point in time.

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