Indigenous Peoples Engagement
YVR recognizes that Indigenous peoples are an important part of the community we serve. We honour the traditional and contemporary culture of Indigenous peoples and we commit to mutually beneficial and resilient relationships based on respect, trust and meaningful engagement.
Our Indigenous Peoples Engagement Strategy serves as a roadmap for our journey to create thriving, respectful and resilient relationships with Musqueam and other Indigenous peoples in our region and across Canada. This is a starting point and reflects our preliminary thinking on how we should be moving forward. The principles of this strategy, which include respect, collaboration, inclusivity and innovation, align with various Articles in C169 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 189 (No. 169).
In 2017, we continued to develop and implement the strategy, with a focus on The Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement. In addition, we continued to send our job postings to local First Nations and post-secondary institutions with programs for Indigenous students. We hosted four Indigenous practicum students from Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nation as part of an Introduction to Administration program. Two Musqueam practicum students participated in an Office Administration Certificate program, which included an eight-week practicum at YVR.
YVR Art Foundation
Founded in 1993, the YVR Art Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports the development and enhancement of B.C. and Yukon Indigenous art and artists.
The Foundation’s programs support emerging and mid-career Indigenous artists with art scholarships, grants, awards and exhibition opportunities. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $400,000 and 100 scholarships, grants and awards to B.C. and Yukon Indigenous artists. In addition, the Foundation provides a unique opportunity for scholarship recipients to exhibit their art work at YVR for one year. Over 70 artists have exhibited, contributing to YVR’s award-winning sense of place. Vancouver Airport Authority has an ongoing partnership agreement with the Foundation and in 2017 contributed $100,000 and other in-kind support.