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207 days to go – Four Host First Nations

July 19, 2009

The 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are the first games to occur in partnership with the Aboriginal peoples of the land. The partnership is with the Four Host First Nations, comprised of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. While I have heard of these Nations I also realise how little I know about them and their differences. Today’s blog is more an introduction to the Four Host First Nations as a group. I will talk about each of the Nations in more detail in later posts.

The image at the top of this post is the official logo of the Four Host First Nations Society. It was designed by Jody Broomfield of the Squamish Nation in 2007. I unfortunately could not find much on the background of the design, really only the artist’s name, but to me it clearly represents an equal partnership between the Nations.

While I didn’t find much on the logo the Four Host First Nations Society website does have some other great information, including a map of the traditional and shared territories of the four Nations (click the map to enlarge or head to the website). The green line represents the Lil’wat, the red the Squamish, the pink the Tsleil-Waututh, and the blue the Musqueam Nation.

Here is what the Four Host First Nations Society has to say about their Mission and Objectives.

“The mission of the Four Host First Nations Society (FHFNS) is to represent the Nations and to facilitate engagement between the Nations and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in order to ensure that the Games are successful and that the Nations’ languages, traditions, protocols and cultures are meaningfully acknowledged, respected, and represented in the planning, staging and hosting of the Games.”

“The objectives of the Four Host First Nations Society include the following:

  • Work in a cooperative and mutually supportive manner in an environment of respect, cooperation, and mutual recognition,
  • Welcome the world to their shared traditional territories,
  • Host an outstanding Olympic Games,
  • Achieve unprecedented Aboriginal participation,
  • Take advantage of the social, sport, cultural and economic opportunities and legacies that will arise as a result of the Games,
  • Help preserve, revitalize and promote Aboriginal languages and cultures,
  • Showcase First Nations cultures to Canadians and the world as a vibrant and integral part of Canada’s rich and diverse heritage,
  • Work with VANOC to communicate and liaise with other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizations.”

I realise this posting is a bit formal, more of a school lesson than my experiences, but I guess that’s how I start with a new topic, basically like a school lesson! Do some research. Do some reading. Keep my eyes open for how I’m seeing it represented in the community and the city. So that’s another mission for me over the next few months, to find out how the partnership between VANOC and the Four Host First Nations is expressed and felt.

I’ll keep you posted!


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