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Vancouver takes next steps on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

January 19 2016

“Vancouver is proud to be a City of Reconciliation, and we are committed to strengthening our relationships between our indigenous and non-indigenous peoples,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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We took further steps on our commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation, with Council approving to move forward on 41 actions as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“Vancouver is proud to be a City of Reconciliation, and we are committed to strengthening our relationships between our indigenous and non-indigenous peoples,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We have come so far in recent years, but there is much more work to do. As Mayor, I am committed to ensuring Vancouver is a City of Reconciliation, one that values mutual understanding, respect, and empathy.”

Calls to action identified by staff 

Following an in-depth review of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action report, staff identified:

  • 27 calls to action that we can respond directly to
  • Which of the 94 calls to action that we have jurisdiction over and the ability to implement

Key themes

The 41 actions that can be addressed fall within three key themes at the City:

  • Healthy communities and wellness
  • Achieving indigenous and human rights recognition and advancing awareness
  • Knowledge and capacity 

Read the City of Reconciliation 2014-2016 staff report  (143 KB)

Next steps for 2016 framework

Looking forward, as we set out to build upon our City of Reconciliation framework in 2016, staff outlined next steps:

  • Funding for two aboriginal healing and wellness centres
  • Cultural competency training for senior City managers and 350+ staff
  • Creation of a new Manager of Aboriginal Relations in the City Manager’s Office
  • Integration of ‘reconciliation’ theme in the planning and development of the Canada 150 celebration program
  • Collaborating with Reconciliation Canada to develop indicators that will measure the progress and evaluate work on reconciliation

Key steps we have taken

We are embracing reconciliation for meaningful change. Key steps the City has taken:

  • On February 26, 2013, Council endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples
  • Council proclaimed June 21, 2013, to June 20, 2014, as the Year of Reconciliation in the City of Vancouver
  • On June 25, 2014, Council acknowledged that Vancouver is on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

More about the Year of Reconciliation

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