City Of Vancouver First Nations Land Jurisdiction Recognized


First Nations or City of Vancouver. Who Has Authority? Is It Shared?

City of Vancouver (CoV) displays SIX jurisdictions of flags in council chambers and by procedural mandate recognizes the three First Nations original jurisdiction, recognized as pre-existing City of Vancouver, before doing any business. There are three different jurisdiction flags: city (municipal), provincial (B.C.), federal (Canada), together on one side of the chair, and now also displays the three recognized First Nations flags, together on the other side of the chair.

Every session, before doing ANY business, council procedurally is required to give “recognition” of the “unceded lands”, the “generosity” and the “hospitality” of “host” “Nations” on “their land and waters” which the City of Vancouver is on and does business/makes law etc. BUT does so only with and by the generosity and hospitality GRANTED by those recognized First Nations (original jurisdiction), Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

If I came to your home and started making rules and ordering people around without getting your permission and agreement, what right do I have to make rules and enforce those rules? None, unless I do so through force and threat of force or via confusing, foreign, legal mumbo jumbo… think about it.

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UPDATE: June 16, 2021

The acknowledgment of being on the territories of First Nations notice on the City of Vancouver and UBC appear to be gone from their websites. However, the notice remains on SFU website as:

“Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose unceded traditional territories our three campuses reside.”

Why is such similar notice, that was there before, now gone from the Vancouver and UBC websites?

City council meetings still retain an oral notice by the Mayor before every meeting as first “business” when the meeting starts:

June 15, 2021 – 6:05:01 The Mayor states before Vancouver Council meeting officially begins (as before every meeting):

“We want to acknowledge we are on the unceded traditional territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people and we want to thank them for their generosity to all who live on their lands”.

33 sec video clip of Mayor making above statement in council meeting to open meeting:


Our city [Vancouver]

Indigenous Peoples in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)  Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish)  , and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)  Peoples, who have lived on these lands since time immemorial.

As a City of Reconciliation, the City of Vancouver has committed to “form a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the urban Indigenous community.” This is an ongoing and evolving commitment, and one that is essential to our path forward.

The City of Vancouver was designated a City of Reconciliation


First Peoples Vancouver Guide For Newcomers


* Indigenous communities programs

“Vancouver is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples who have lived on these lands since time immemorial. We are committed to stewarding strong relationships with the local Nations through ongoing communication and partnership development.

“The city is also home to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit from all over the continent. We’re committed to developing strong relationships with diverse urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver.

“Through continuous learning and engagement, we work to incorporate the perspectives and priorities of local First Nations and urban Indigenous Peoples into our services and decisions. Our commitments to reconciliation are ongoing, evolving, and essential to our path forward.”

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