Best Practices Case Study (Inter-Governmental Relations): Squamish & Lil’wat First Nations

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The Squamish First Nation and the Lil’wat First Nation are both located in south western B.C. and have an area of overlapping traditional territory that extends into the lands around the resort community of Whistler. Although they are two distinct First Nations with different culture and social relationships, they have a history of respectful co-existence as neighbours. Mindful of the historic precedence of shared lands and the overlapping interests in land stewardship, the Lil’wat Nation met with the Squamish Nation in 1999 to discuss land use and planning in areas of traditional territory overlap. This signalled a move away from competition between neighbouring First Nations for recognition and scarce resources and toward a relationship that could leverage the power of working together on mutual objectives...

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National Centre for First Nations Governance. "Best Practices Case Study (Inter-Governmental Relations): Squamish & Lil’wat First Nations." A Report for the National Centre for First Nations Governance. The National Centre for First Nations Governance. Canada. June 2009. Case Study. (http://fngovernance.org/toolkit/best_practice/squamish_lilwat_first_nations, accessed January 23, 2013)