Vancouver is examining the feasibility of bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics

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An overview of the city skyline and BC Place Stadium (C), home of the official ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, February 9, 2010. REUTERS / Mark Blinch

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December 10 (Reuters) – The western Canadian city of Vancouver and the Whistler community will join forces with indigenous people to examine the feasibility of applying to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, officials said on Friday.

Representatives from Vancouver, Whistler and four First Nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to examine the feasibility of the Games they describe as Indigenous-led Olympics.

Canada has over 630 First Nation parishes, representing more than 50 nations and 50 indigenous languages, and making up nearly 5% of the country’s 38 million people.

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Vancouver and Whistler previously hosted the 2010 Winter Games, when Canada topped the medal standings for the first time in either Winter or Summer Olympics.

“This letter of intent is also an important first step to investigate the feasibility of returning the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the region,” said a statement from the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

“We believe this agreement will lay the foundation for transformative change for future events and collaboration with indigenous communities in Canada and around the world.”

An exploration committee is the critical step before efforts may move to a new bid committee for a real pitch before the International Olympic Committee.

The decision comes three years after the residents of Calgary, host of the 1988 Winter Olympics, firmly voted against the western Canadian city’s plan to compete for the 2026 Games.

Beijing is scheduled to host the next Winter Olympics from February 4th to 20th next year, while Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy has already been selected to host the 2026 edition.

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Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Adaptation by Ken Ferris

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