Join us for a Year of Reconciliation
The Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to proclaim June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014 as a Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver.
Witnessing the process of reconciliation and healing
In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City is supporting a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system, to witness the process of reconciliation and healing, and advance with a greater shared understanding of the historical impacts that have shaped the experiences of Aboriginal people to date.
- Read the Mayor's proclamation (299 kb)
- Get more details about Reconciliation Canada on their website
A year-long initiative featuring gatherings, dialogue, public education, and more
We are embracing reconciliation through a year-long initiative as a way to mend the past, build shared understanding, and create a legacy for meaningful change in society.
The initiative will include a series of gatherings, intercultural dialogue and storytelling workshops, public education, and cultural and arts programs.
Details of the initiative
There are a host of City programs in the works that connect to Reconciliation. These include:
- Aboriginal components within the Stanley Park 125 celebrations
- Artworks commissioned by the Public Art Program to honour and celebrate the Year of Reconciliation
- The creation of a Reconciliation legacy Carving Centre at Britannia Park
- The development of Newcomer’s Guide to Aboriginal Communities, Elders and Arts program
Programming will also be included through the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) dialogue sessions, author readings and documentaries, including a dedicated series with a British Columbia focus.
VPL is re-energizing its Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence program, which returns later this year with a new storyteller who will share the tradition and craft in free workshops and sessions.
Reconciliation in Canada
Learn more about reconciliation in Canada on these websites: