Musqueam Indian Band statement

    VANCOUVER, June 19 /CNW/ - The Musqueam Band Council are disappointed
that a small group of community members have blocked access to the Musqueam
Band Council Administration office, preventing Council and administrative
staff from providing services to the wider community members. The group is
protesting the allocation of funds related to the Reconciliation, Settlement
and Benefits Agreement and other issues.
    On March 10, 2008, the membership of the Musqueam Indian Band
overwhelming voted in favour of the Reconciliation, Settlement and Benefits
Agreement. A total of 337 ballots were cast, 98% in favour of the agreement.
    At that time, Musqueam Chief Ernie Campbell said in a statement, "The
Musqueam people fully support this fair and honourable settlement agreement.
Our membership - including our Elders, young adults and members on- and
off-reserve - have expressed tonight a collective and resounding approval of
the agreement."
    Since the Agreement was strongly endorsed by the membership, the Musqueam
Band Council have been working towards a strategic planning process to consult
with the wider community to ensure the distribution of funds addresses broader
and long-term community issues. The Band Council plan a number of community
sessions to engage the membership in this process and are working in good
faith to ensure the community's wishes are taken into consideration. The
majority of the community support this planning process and are willing to
work within the framework to provide their feedback and share their views. The
Band Council is open to consult with all community members within this
framework and will continue to strive to allocate funds in the best interests
of the wider community and for future generations.

For further information:

For further information: Georgia Tsoromocos, (604) 691-7394,

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