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As Canada prepares to host the world at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Four Host First Nations: Lil'wat, Squamish, Tsleil-Wauthuth and Musqueam Nations, have come together to showcase their culture, language and heritage all made possible through the Legacy Agreements. These Agreements have created economic development opportunities for the Four Host First Nations that will leave a lasting legacy long after the Games.

Transcript: Legacy Agreements for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Narrator voice-over:

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games brings the world's premier sporting event to the traditional and shared traditional territories of the Lil'Wat, Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations….

These Four Host First Nations are each partners in 2010 Legacy Agreements building positive economic, sport, and cultural legacies for present and future generations.

Aboriginal youth participation in sports is key element of these legacies.

To inspire youth to develop healthy habits and achieve personal excellence The First Nations Snowboard Team was created.

Sandy Ward - FN Snowboard Team:

"The First Nations Snowboard Team has the Rec. program which has hundreds of kids all over BC and in Washington and the high performance team has about 15-20 kids around BC…

Being a part of the high performance team, I act as an ambassador to my community and as a role model to the younger youth in my community, as well I travel around snowboarding and competing"

Work is also underway to build lasting economic legacies.

Greg Bikadi - Lil'wat Economic Development:

"Lil'wat Nation through the Legacy agreements was able to leverage economic development opportunities with construction of venues, the Nordic site in particular where we constructed the cross-country ski trails, the biathalon trails, the stadiums and all the infrastructure on that site was all constructed through the Lil'wat Nation company in partnership. It's allowed us to leverage other opportunities with other contracts, partnerships, with highway construction and manufacturing of products."

The Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler was also born of The Legacy Agreements…… An outstanding example of two First Nations working together to showcase their culture and language to the world.

Chief Gibby Jacob - Squamish FN:

"We received 300 acres as a legacy between, shared between Lil'wat and Squamish and what we proposed to do with that was create economic opportunities for our people and the cultural centre is our first opportunity for both of our first Nations…what it is going to do is provide our young people with a great opportunity to provide for themselves"

And through the Four Host First Nations Society the Lil'Wat, Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations are also working to ensure that their languages, traditions, and cultures are meaningfully acknowledged and represented at every stage of the Games.

Chief Justin George Tsleil - Waututh FN :

"The Four nations came together and looked at the opportunity …and came to the consensus that it was something that the Nations wanted to be involved in, and participate in."

…with the goal of achieving unprecedented Aboriginal participation in an Olympics, they will welcome the world to their traditional territories inside the Aboriginal pavilion.

Wade Grant - Musqueam First Nation Councilor:

"The 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion is located in the centre of downtown Vancouver… ….it's our centerpiece to our hosting duties during the 2010 Winter Olympics."

Allyson Fraser - Musqueam FN Councillor:

"The Four Host First Nations has been a good opportunity for all of us to show the world that First Nations can work together and come together to showcase all of their work, and work as a team and that's part of the Olympic spirit, is teamwork and that's what we're working towards."

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