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Legacies and Benefits which will flow to the Squamish and Lil’wat whether the 2010 Games come to B.C. or not:


• The province has agreed to provide 300 acres of fee simple lands.

• $50,000 toward a feasibility study on land location and development opportunities.

• The province will contribute $2.3 million over three years to a Skills and Training Legacy project.

• The province will contribute $500,000 to a Naming and Recognition project, which will determine dual names for shared projects and help to promote education culture and tourism.

• The province will contribute $3 million towards the construction of a $15 million Squamish and Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler due to open next summer (2004).

Legacies and benefits which will come with the Games:

• The Nations "will own, manage and operate" the $102 million Nordic Centre, the $55 million Bob/Luge on Blackcomb Mountain and the Athlete Centre in the Callaghan with the Legacies Society. These will run with the help of a $110 million Endowment Fund established by the province and federal government.

• The Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation will contribute $6.5 million toward needed housing for the Nations. It will go first to the construction of 50 moveable houses to be used at the site of the Athlete’s Village.

• The bid corp. guarantees there will be contracting opportunities for the Nations, and the Nations will directly undertake "significant contracts" in the Callaghan.

• The province will contribute $3 million to the establishment of an Aboriginal youth sports legacy endowment fund by April 2005.

• The province will provide funding through planning processes for the Nations to further assess their interests in the Callaghan Valley.