Canada and Tsleil-Waututh Nation take steps to advance reconciliation with signing of Letter of Understanding

News Release

September 4, 2017 Vancouver, BC Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership is key to achieving reconciliation.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs,  and Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation signed a Letter of Understanding committing to renew and strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship and advance lasting reconciliation with Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. 

Canada and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation will now work towards developing an outline for an agreement that will set out the key components and priorities to support the negotiation of a nation-to-nation agreement.


“The Government of Canada is committed to building a new relationship with Indigenous peoples - one built on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. The signing of this important agreement is a significant  step in our journey together towards reconciliation and self-determination for the Tsleil-Waututh people.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

“I look forward to working with Canada on an agreement. Canada recognizing Tsleil-Waututh rights will benefit all who live around Burrard Inlet, not just my community.”

Chief Maureen Thomas
Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Quick Facts

  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a progressive, vibrant Coast Salish community of approximately 500 members. The Nation is located along the shores of Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Sabrina Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

INAC Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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