A crowd of people walking in the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation on the Georgia Viaduct, some holding a banner reading 'A new way forward', some waving flags, some wearing Reconciliation Canada t-shirts, with First Nations elders and children in regalia
Photo by Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation and cultural redress in the Northeast False Creek Plan

The City of Vancouver is in an era of reconciliation. On July 9, 2014, City Council adopted a framework for and designated Vancouver as a City of Reconciliation. The designation and commitment followed the Year of Reconciliation in Vancouver from June 2013 to June 2014.

The first four years of the City of Reconciliation focus on Indigenous peoples to ensure that the gap in understanding and capacity can begin to be filled.

The future of the City of Reconciliation is to begin strengthening relations through a reconciliation lens with other cultural communities.

What's happening

Collaboration between our VIVA Vancouver, Cultural Services, the Northeast False Creek Plan team, and the Hogan’s Alley Society established the Hogan’s Alley Activation adjacent to Nora Hendrix Place.

Local events, walking tours, and summer block parties have been hosted in the new space, celebrating black culture, and re-building community.

Policy highlights

  • Strengthen relations with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations by engaging and integrating feedback into street and park designs
  • Engage with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and urban Indigenous communities to design a community gathering space that accommodates the program needs of these communities (gathering space, water access, and First Nations canoes) 
  • Design public spaces with all user groups in mind to ensure that everyone feels welcome
  • Conserve, commemorate, and enhance living heritage and cultural assets in Chinatown by securing capital and cultural funding
  • Continue to engage with the Hogan’s Alley Working Group to recognise Vancouver’s Black Community through design and programming of the site at 898 Main Street