We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events.
Why “In Progress?”
Dec. 10, 2021: Inside the Games – The Lil̓wat7úl (Lil’wat), xwmə kwəy’əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of hosting the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver in 2030. In a joint statement, the COC and CPC said: “We applaud the signing of an MoU between the four First Nations, the City of Vancouver and Resort Municipality of Whistler.
“We believe there is incredible potential for a transformative Olympic and Paralympic Games in the region and support a process that explores feasibility in accordance with First Nations protocol, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Report Call to Action 91, the United Nations Declarations on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “We believe this agreement provides the foundation for transformative change for future event hosting and collaborative work with Indigenous communities across Canada and the world.”
Sports Canada is reviewing planning and delivery phases of Canada hosted international multi-sport events to ensure Indigenous consultation and collaboration is entrenched in all Hosting documents.
There has been no specific strategy communicated as to how Sports Canada would engage with International Major Multi-sport Games organizing committees with what objectives and desired outcomes.
Indigenous-led Olympic Bid
Indigenous-led MOU to explore hosting the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver in 2030
Inside the Games – The Lil̓wat7úl (Lil’wat), xwmə kwəy’əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality……
December 10, 2021