Partnerships and Collaboration

Building strong relationships with Aboriginal peoples is critical to achieving our goal of unprecedented Aboriginal participation. That’s why we’re working closely with local, provincial and national Aboriginal groups – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – both in our Games planning and in sharing information with the Aboriginal community.

The Four Host First Nations 
One of VANOC’s partners in the planning and hosting of the Games is the Four Host First Nations. These Nations – the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh – have been involved in the 2010 Games since early in the Bid process. They continue to be active participants in Games planning.

Learn more about the Four Host First Nations.

The Greater Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Community
We are currently working closely with the Greater Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy Steering Committee on a number of sport, economic development and awareness initiatives to engage the urban Aboriginal community.

In 2006, VANOC co-hosted three Aboriginal Sport Talent Identification and Sport Fit events targeted at the urban Aboriginal community. This year, we plan to participate in the hosting of a community celebration and economic development workshop. The purpose: to share the Games spirit and provide the community with important information about how it can get involved in the 2010 Games.

Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia and across Canada
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games are Canada’s Games. While opportunities may be easier to access for those closest to Vancouver and Whistler, there are many ways Aboriginal people and businesses from coast to coast to coast can get involved.

We’re working with a number of provincial and national First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups to explore Games-related opportunities. We’re also discussing how Aboriginal people can get involved, whether that involves coming to Vancouver or participating in events such as the Torch Relays that are part of every Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Indigenous peoples of the world
To date, our involvement with Indigenous peoples internationally has been focused on learning from participation in past Olympic and Paralympic Games, as in Salt Lake City (2002) and Sydney (2000). Our hope is that, as a result of the Aboriginal participation initiatives around the 2010 Games, future Olympic and Paralympic host cities will embrace Indigenous participation as a fundamental part of Games planning, hosting and legacy.

Stay informed
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