Tsleil-Waututh Nation has partnered with the Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nations to explore the opportunity of hosting the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on our lands. We are inviting partners and communities into the conversation on this opportunity.

We believe that together we might achieve learnings and legacies that advance reconciliation and do so in a way that respects and upholds our values. The Nations set the terms by which the concept plan was developed and have governance-level oversight over every stage of the project.

At the concept unveiling, Councillor Dennis Thomas-Whonoak spoke to witnesses and explained, “The 2010 Olympics started a beautiful journey of reconciliation. We are starting a new journey with us paddling in the same large canoe with room for more people and partners to join. The Four Host Nations can lead this process because it is built within us and is who we are. We welcome the opportunity, should we decide to progress with these games, to teach the world about Tsleil-Waututh and all Indigenous people, and inspire Indigenous communities throughout the world.”

Together, the Nations – Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) – along with the City of Vancouver and Resort Municipality of Whistler have signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee to officially collaborate on exploring the feasibility of hosting the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in British Columbia. The Collaboration Agreement followed the historic signing of the MOU between the First Nations, the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler in December 2021, which marked the first step of the process.

As part of the Collaboration Agreement, all parties committed to participating in a feasibility assessment and initial concept development to bring the Games back to Canada’s West Coast in 2030, while respecting the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 91, the Province of British Columbia’s legislation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDRIP).

Working under the leadership of the Four Host First Nations, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are fully funding the key technical work and local engagement conducted by a team of experts.

Final decisions have not been made. The project now enters an engagement phase inviting the public and communities and key stakeholders to  share their input to inform and enhance the 2030 Games concept.  All partners want to hear from you.

We believe an Indigenous-led Games provides a unique opportunity to advance our shared commitment to reconciliation, amplifying the strong and powerful voices of Indigenous communities, leaders and youth to engage with Canadians and reimagine what a Winter Games can be, and how they can help build a better and stronger Canada.

Your Invitation to Engage

To share your feedback, memories from Vancouver 2010, register for project updates, and to learn more click here https://www.gamesengagement.ca  

The 2030 Games engagement site has more information, detailed FAQs, an engagement calendar as well as a survey for you to share your feedback on the 2030 Games vision and potential legacies.