Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for urban Aboriginal Peoples to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Terms of reference

The committee will:

  • Ensure that effective communication and consultation of Vancouver's Urban Aboriginal communities play a major role in the efforts of the committee to fulfill its mandate
  • Strive to develop and maintain a positive relationship with other individuals, groups, agencies, and others, who are addressing issues of concern to Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Peoples
  • Advise Council and staff on the City of Reconciliation Framework as it is developed, implemented and updated

The committee may:

  • Assist the efforts of other agencies, organizations, and others who are addressing issues of concern t Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Peoples
  • Research, study, or investigate areas of concern for Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Peoples in order to develop advice and make recommendations
  • Solicit input and receive advice, recommendations, reports, or concerns from individuals or groups addressing issues of concern to Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Peoples, and recommend appropriate action
  • Facilitate decision making on municipal matters, such as community services, planning and design to regularize the consultation process

Policy advice

The committee:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the committee by Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee


The committee:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The committee:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Planning and reporting

The committee:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to Council and civic departments for
  • Submits an annual report to Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the committee has responded


Will be announced when they are created by the committee.

Meeting frequency

The committee meets at least four times per year, at least once a quarter, to a maximum of 10 meetings per year.

Time commitment

Committee meetings last approximately 2 hours. About 2 additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, meetings, research, and networking. Preparation for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.


The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee has up to 15 voting members, with at least three members identifying as Metis.

Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the Council term of the committee.

Committee members appointed in 2017 will serve until October 2018.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.


  • Eric Anderson
  • Michelle Casavant
  • Dominic Compston
  • Steven Eastman
  • Lillian Howard
  • Shauna Johnson
  • Cody Kenny
  • Penny Kerrigan
  • Sheldon Martin
  • Rennie Nahanee
  • Jeane Riley
  • Winona Stevens
  • Teyem Thomas
  • David Wells
  • Cameron Zubko


  • City Council: Councillor Adriane Carr
  • City Council: Councillor Andrea Reimer
  • Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe
  • City staff: Wendy Au, Assistant City Manager; Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Aboriginal Relations Manager

All Regular Meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the Regular Meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2017       Cancelled  
March 23, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2017    
September 11, 2017    
November 9, 2017    

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.


Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2016       Agenda Minutes
March 3, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 9, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 19, 2016 Agenda Cancelled
December 1, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 20, 2015 Agenda    Minutes
 June 15, 2015  CANCELLED  
 June 29, 2015  Agenda Minutes
 September 21, 2015





 November 23, 2015

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 29, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 22, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 9, 2013 cancelled
January 23, 2013 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2013 cancelled
September 18, 2013 cancelled
October 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 13, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 13, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 14, 2012 Agenda Minutes

2012-2014 Term in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Year of Reconciliation

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee worked closely with staff providing advice and support during the Year of Reconciliation.

Contact the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee


Staff contacts
Wendy Au
City Manager's Office

Phone: 604-871-6639


Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Manager of Aboriginal Relations

Phone: 604-873-7209


Meeting coordinator
Nicole Ludwig

Phone: 604-873-7191


Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw  (156 kb)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy  (145 kb)