Anti-racism and cultural redress

What you need to know

Challenging embedded oppression and racism is an ongoing effort and we are committed to working in solidarity with Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities.

The City is located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations Peoples who have lived on these lands since time immemorial. 

We are committed to stewarding strong relationships with the local Nations through ongoing communication and partnership development.

The City recognizes our systemic foundation in colonialism, white supremacy, and racism.

We are humbled by the continuous efforts and action of the communities most impacted by systemic racism.

We recognize our responsibility to meaningfully respond to this leadership and commit to both dialogue and action as we move forward developing anti-racism and equity strategies.

Reporting incidents and getting help

Hate Crimes in BC

Get information on how to take action if you have experienced or witnessed a racist incident.

BC Human Rights Clinic

Get free legal services if you need help with a provincial human rights complaint.

BC Human Rights Code

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Review how your rights are protected at the provincial, national, and international levels.

Report graffiti on City or private property

Latest updates

Over the years, we've been working on a number of anti-racism initiatives to create a more equitable Vancouver.

Through both modest and comprehensive action, we are working to tackle racism and white supremacy within the City and Vancouver. This is an urgent priority.

Bookmark this webpage for updates, or receive quarterly updates on anti-racism, cultural redress, and equity actions straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter.

Upcoming actions

We understand that these actions are long overdue. We're committed to ensuring these activities are meaningful and respectful of the continuous labour, leadership, and action of Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities in Vancouver.

As echoed in the calls to justice from Indigenous and racialized communities, anti-racism and equity work is not a one-off process. 

Our actions are aimed at transforming our internal and external processes to ensure our programming is fair and equitable and to highlight our commitment to being accountable to the wider community.

Our responsibilities

While the City oversees many of the decisions and projects that occur within Vancouver, we do not do this work alone. There are many different organizations and partners who help to make Vancouver the vibrant and diverse city it is.

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