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Sep 05, 2022
Opinion: To what extent will an Indigenous-controlled multi-billion-dollar skyscraper project contribute to reconciliation?
Leaders of the 4,000-member Squamish Nation, who are behind one of the most dense property developments in Canadian history, have signed an agreement with Vancouver councillors saying one of the five aims of its 11-tower Senakw project is to “promote further reconciliation between the Nation and the City.”
But to what extent will this Indigenous-controlled multi-billion-dollar skyscraper project, which is unprecedented in North America, actually contribute to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?
The 250-page services agreement made public in August between the city and the Squamish Nation stipulates the massive project on the Kitsilano side of the Burrard Bridge will provide “direct public contributions or commitments to practices aligned with city policies.”
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