Premier Gordon Campbell and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation George Abbott have proclaimed May 27 as Four Host First Nations Day in recognition of the achievements of the Four Host First Nations as hosts of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. May 27 marks the 2,010th day since the Four Host First Nations Society was created.
"The concept of the Four Host First Nations is unique in the history of the Olympic movement," said Premier Campbell. "I congratulate everyone involved in this innovative and collaborative process. Their contributions, ongoing support and enthusiastic participation were vital to the success of the 2010 Winter Games on the global stage."
"I congratulate the Four Host First Nations - Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh - for embracing this unique opportunity and showcasing the arts, business and culture of their nations and Aboriginal communities across the country during the Games," said Abbott. "At the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion, the Four Host First Nations showed visitors from around the world why Aboriginal culture is an important part of our province's past, present and future."
On Nov. 24, 2004, the chiefs and councils of the Four Host First Nations entered into a historic protocol agreement in which they agreed to co-ordinate their collective efforts to host and support the 2010 Winter Games. As a result, the Four Host First Nations Society was formed.
"Exactly 2010 days ago the Four Host First Nations came together to carve their names in the history books as the first indigenous peoples ever to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee as official hosts of the Olympic Games," said Tewanee Joseph, CEO of Four Host First Nations Society. "B.C. will continue to be served by the lasting partnerships the Four Host First Nations forged and the new relationships they have established among First Nations, Inuit, Métis, governments, industry and all Canadians."
"The 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games could not have been such an overwhelming success without the collaborative partnership of government, the Four Host First Nations and VANOC," said Minister of State for the Olympics Mary McNeil. "In the lead up to and during the Games, the work and efforts of the Four Host First Nations served B.C. well in welcoming the world and in giving locals, visitors and the estimated 3.5 billion people who watched on TV a real taste of First Nations culture and history of our province."
More than 242,000 people visited the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion, where an estimated 610 Aboriginal performers put on 224 shows in February 2010. More than 85,000 people visited the Aboriginal Artisan Village and Business Showcase, located at the downtown campus of Vancouver Community College.
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