Vancouver International Airport appoints Indigenous Relations Manager

Vancouver Airport Authority is pleased to announce that Mary Point has been hired as the Manager of Indigenous Relations at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) as part of the Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement. Mary will help to further develop the relationship between the two parties, facilitating the elements of this agreement and exploring new joint business opportunities.

“I am committed to ensuring this agreement meets the expectations of both groups and results in the continuous building of a positive and mutually beneficial friendship,” said Mary Point, Manager, Indigenous Relations, Vancouver Airport Authority. “The Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement is a milestone that will ensure we manage the airport for the benefit of everyone.”

“We are pleased to be moving forward with implementing the Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement,” said Anne Murray, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Mary brings Musqueam heritage and extensive experience in strategic communications, partnerships and community relations to her new position.”

Mary worked throughout British Columbia for two decades, developing strategic partnerships with a range of First Nations communities and local businesses, and for the last seven years with Musqueam Indian Band in community planning and facilities management.

On June 21, 2017, YVR and Musqueam signed the Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement. The first of its kind, this 30-year agreement recognizes that, being located on Musqueam traditional territory, YVR has a responsibility to work with Musqueam and achieve a sustainable and mutually beneficial future for our community. The agreement includes a number of benefits including scholarships, new jobs, revenue sharing, identification and protection of archeological resources and support for ongoing operations and long-term development at YVR.

Musqueam and YVR also appointed representatives to sit on a Musqueam—YVR Committee, which ensures an effective working relationship. Members of the committee include Mary Point, Musqueam Councillors Wendy Grant-John and Tammy Harkey and YVR Vice Presidents Glenn McCoy and Anne Murray.