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City of Reconciliation

The City of Vancouver was designated a City of Reconciliation when the framework was adopted by Council on July 8, 2014. The designation and commitment followed the Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver from June 2013 to June 2014.

We will form a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the Urban Aboriginal community

Our framework

The City of Reconciliation framework  (149 KB) has three foundational components that further strengthen our services and ongoing relationships with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, and urban aboriginal community:

  • Cultural competency
  • Strengthening relations
  • Effective decision-making

Our goals

Our long-term goals:

  • Strengthen local First Nations and urban aboriginal relations
  • Promote aboriginal peoples arts, culture, awareness, and understanding
  • Incorporate First Nations and urban aboriginal perspectives for effective City services

Aligning the Truth and Reconciliation call to actions with our work

The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action final report  listed 94 recommendations to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Of those, 27 have been identified as actionable areas for the City. 

The calls to action that align with our work can be summarized under the following three themes:

Healthy communities and wellness

Achieving indigenous human rights and recognition

Advancing awareness, knowledge, and capacity

Our vision

As a City of Reconciliation, we will:

  • Form a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the urban aboriginal community, including key agencies
  • Incorporate a First Nations and urban aboriginal perspective into our work and decisions
  • Provide services that benefit members of the First Nations and urban aboriginal community

Our next steps

Our next steps as we move forward in 2016 are:

  • Funding two aboriginal healing and wellness centres
  • Cultural competency training for senior City managers and 350-plus staff
  • Creating a new Manager of Aboriginal Relations position in our City Manager’s Office and a new Aboriginal Social Planner position in the Social Policy Department
  • Integrating the reconciliation theme in planning and developing the Canada 150 celebration program
  • Collaborating with Reconciliation Canada to develop indicators that will measure the progress and evaluate work on reconciliation

What we have done so far

Key steps we have 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. To honour and celebrate the event, and to stimulate awareness and discussion of impacts of residential schools, racial injustices, and ideas of reconciliation, our Public Art Program commissioned 10 new artist projects for the Platforms 2013-2015 artwork exhibit
  • On June 25, 2014, Council acknowledged that Vancouver is on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations
Year of Reconciliation