In an effort to strengthen the relationship between Vancouver International Airport and the Musqueam Indian Band, the Vancouver Airport Authority has appointed a new manager of Indigenous relations.
Mary Point, who has stepped into the role, has worked in B.C. for more than 20 years to develop partnerships between First Nations communities and local businesses.
“I am committed to ensuring this agreement meets the expectations of both groups and results in the continuous building of a positive and mutually beneficial friendship,” said Point in a press release. “The Musqueam Indian Band - YVR Airport Sustainability and Friendship Agreement is a milestone that will ensure we manage the airport for the benefit of everyone.”
The agreement, signed between YVR and Musqueam last June is a 30-year agreement that recognizes the airport’s responsibility in working with the First Nations community towards a mutually beneficial relationship. The agreement includes scholarships, new jobs, revenue sharing, protection of archaeological resources and support for YVR’s long-term development.
“We are pleased to be moving forward with implementing the Musqueam Indian Band - YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement,” said Anne Murray, vice president, marketing and communications, Vancouver Airport Authority in a press release. “Mary brings Musqueam heritage and extensive experience in strategic communications, partnerships and community relations to her new position.”
In addition to the Indigenous relations role, both the Musqueam community and YVR have appointed representatives to a Musqueam – YVR committee to ensure the ongoing working relationship. Members include Mary Point, Musqueam councillors Wendy Grant-John and Tammy Harkey and YVR vice presidents Glenn McCoy and Anne Murray.