New day dawns for First Nations 

Whistler agrees to development rights, sees resolution on provincial issues

The eight Whistler sites that are being turned over to the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations.
  • The eight Whistler sites that are being turned over to the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations.

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For lead Lil’wat Nation negotiator Lyle Leo Monday marked the culmination of years of hard work and the promise of more work ahead.

“I would have preferred unanimous support from council. I’m disappointed it wasn’t but I’m very happy that the majority have supported it. So we want to get to work,” he said, just days after the meeting.

“We need to break the economic imbalance that the First Nations (have been) realizing for so long. It’s the responsibility of Canada and the province to work towards that and Premier Gordon Campbell’s initiative with the new relationship is working with two of the four largest First Nations in B.C., the Squamish and the Lil’wat. It’s important that society at large supports that.”

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