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Media Conference and Technical Briefing set for June 14 in Whistler

WHISTLER (June 10, 2022) – The Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, together with partners at the City of Vancouver, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, invite media to a ceremony to mark the end of the Feasibility Phase of the project to assess bringing the Games back to British Columbia. The media event will be held at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, B.C., June 14 at 9 a.m. PT. Following Indigenous protocols, the feasibility team will present the Games hosting concept to the Nations who invited them to do this work.

After the ceremony, media are invited to join technical leads from each of the Four Host First Nations, and members of the feasibility team, for a briefing on the development of the Games hosting concept and an opportunity to ask questions.

Date:
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Schedule:
9:00 – 10:00am PT – Traditional Indigenous Ceremony to Unveil Games Hosting Concept
10:00 – 10:30am PT – Media Interviews / Photo Opportunities
10:45 – 11:45 PT – Media Technical Briefing

Zoom Link for Media Briefing:

https://us06web.zoom.us/s/86284546814

Who:
Chief Dean Nelson, Líl̓wat Nation Chief
Wayne Sparrow, Musqueam Indian Band
Councillor Wilson Williams, Squamish Nation
Chief Jen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
City Officials, City of Vancouver
Mayor Jack Crompton, Resort Municipality of Whistler
Tricia Smith – President, Canadian Olympic Committee
Gail Hamamoto – Vice-President, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Richard Peter – Paralympic Athlete Ambassador
Clara Hughes – Olympic Athlete Ambassador

There will be an opportunity for media to ask questions of all speakers at the close of the formal event. On-site interviews will also be facilitated.

Where:
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, B.C.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Líl̓wat Nation                                                             
communications@lilwat.ca

Musqueam Indian Band
Odette Wilson
owilson@musqueam.bc.ca
236-885-7335

Squamish Nation
Marc Riddell
marc_riddell@squamish.net
604-902-3357

Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Cassie Brondgeest 
cbrondgeest@twnation.ca
236-885-4525

Vancouver Mayor’s Office
Alvin Singh
alvin.singh@vancouver.ca

City of Vancouver Communications Office
media@vancouver.ca

Whistler Mayor’s Office
Communications Department
media@whistler.ca
604-967-3030

COC/CPC Feasibility Team
Chris Dornan
hpprchris@shaw.ca
403-620-8731