October 7, 2022

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The application to the Court for judicial review by the Kits Point Residents Association asking for the services agreement between the City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation to be quashed is an aggressive and objectionable action to reject the path-breaking and needed Sen̓áḵw development.

The City of Vancouver is not prevented in any way from entering into a services agreement to ensure this needed housing development has appropriate services and a high quality of health, safety, and well-being for all residents. Moreover, the Vancouver Charter, like all provincial laws and municipal laws, is subject to the application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which clearly endorses the importance of working with First Nations and supporting their self-determined priorities in relation to sustainable development in their traditional territories.