Treaty-versary with Tsawwassen First NationTreaty-versary with Tsawwassen First Nation<div class="ExternalClassCA11CCBDC55840BBB585D0F482FBE219"><p>​The Tsawwassen First Nation’s longhouse was full of singing, dancing and drumming on April 3 as members and guests celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the effective date of its treaty with Canada and British Columbia.</p><p>Signed in 2009, following 16 years of negotiations, the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement became the first modern-day treaty completed under the B.C. Treaty Process. The signing of the treaty enabled Tsawwassen First Nation to become a member of the Metro Vancouver Regional District and the Greater Vancouver Water District, and to obtain services necessary to pursue its economic development aspirations.</p><p>Bryce Williams, then Chief of Tsawwassen First Nation and other Tsawwassen elected officials, staff, and community members welcomed more than 250 guests to the anniversary party, including representatives from First Nations across B.C. as well as federal, provincial, and local government elected officials and staff, and Tsawwassen’s business partners. Metro Vancouver was represented by the Board Chair and several Board members, the CAO, senior managers and Aboriginal Relations staff.</p><p>The festivities included speeches and gift presentations from dignitaries who remarked how the treaty has been a success for commercial, industrial and residential development. Metro Vancouver gifted the First Nation a dogwood tree. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue52-tfn.jpg2019-04-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#d4fe6a3c-47a5-445e-9965-b575605eb9bd;L0|#0d4fe6a3c-47a5-445e-9965-b575605eb9bd|Issue 52;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass060904E6E3D948798078B365880AE590"><p>​The Tsawwassen First Nation’s longhouse was full of singing, dancing and drumming on April 3 as members and guests celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the effective date of its treaty with Canada and British Columbia.</p></div>0