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BCBC Welcomes Leadership That Accelerates Reconciliation and Creates Business Certainty in Landmark 30-Year Agreement Between YVR And Musqueam First Nation

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The Business Council of British Columbia congratulates the Musqueam First Nation and the Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) for achieving a landmark 30-year agreement, and recognizes their leadership in creating a new, long term partnership for transportation, jobs and meaningful inclusion in BC’s economy.

“Reconciliation isn’t a concept; it is a series of purposeful acts by people within First Nations communities, society and business to achieve trust based on common facts, mutual interests and a joint desire to improve their shared future,” said Greg D’Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia. “We commend YVR and the Musqueam for the example they have set to advance reconciliation that will pay significant dividends for the health, education and social outcomes facing First Nation peoples. This agreement also demonstrates how economic reconciliation can strengthen our ability as a province to attract investment, sustain the environment, create jobs and progressively move the province forward to our collective benefit.”

Greg D’Avignon also notes that “while there is still much to do, this agreement is added to the growing list of over 250 long term agreements between BC’s First Nations and industry. These agreements are rapidly accelerating reconciliation and build on a decade of innovation in BC between First Nations and business. Through mutual respect, agreements like this are enabling First Nation people full participation in the economy, in turn supporting the needs of First Nations communities, their people, culture and financial independence while providing certainty companies need to invest, partner and grow in sustainable and competitive ways in our province.”

BCBC signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the BC Assembly of First Nations in September 2016 that enthusiastically supports these type of agreements. Specifically, the MOU has resulted in the Champions Table, an active and engaged group of 11 BC CEOs and Chiefs working on behalf of the two organizations to accelerate reconciliation through new approaches to developing talent, building capacity, and enabling policy, processes and governance which ensure timely and sustainable economic development.  The combined goal is to accelerate reconciliation by eliminating the education, health and social gaps faced by First Nations through certain and sustainable economic development.

About the Business Council of British Columbia

Now in its 51st year as the premier business organization in British Columbia, the Business Council of BC is a non-partisan organization made up of 250 leading companies, post-secondary institutions and organizations from across BC's diverse economy.  The Council produces exceptional public policy research and advocacy in support of creating a competitive economy for the benefit of all British Columbians.


Cheryl Maitland Muir