10 Dec Squamish Nation and Líl̓wat Nation explore Indigenous-led bid for 2030 Winter Olympics
December 10, 2021
The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Nation and Lil̓wat7úl (Lil’wat) Nation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and City of Vancouver to explore a potential Indigenous-led bid for the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Once the exploratory review is complete, if a decision is made to present a formal bid to the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), it will be the first Indigenous-led bid in the history of the Games, and if successful, it would be a major step towards Reconciliation through sport.
Call to Action #91 of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, states “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.”
Working with the Host Nations Exploratory Assembly, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, and other stakeholders, the four nations will consider the impacts and benefits of hosting the 2030 Winter Games. The four host nations played an important role, proudly welcoming the world to the 2010 Olympic Games, taking place on their shared territories.
Building on the legacy of the 2010 Games and meaningful Indigenous participation, the four nations bring significant Olympic experience. The opportunity to take on the lead role for the 2030 Games in all aspects of planning and hosting this international event, would be important for the Host Nations, and their Members, and a major step towards Reconciliation through sport.
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