Blanketing the City IV: Cathedral Square by Debra Sparrow, photo by Pachamama Film

City of Reconciliation

Vancouver was designated a City of Reconciliation when the Reconciliation Framework (150 KB) was adopted by Council on July 8, 2014.

Vancouver’s Reconciliation efforts to date are based on our commitment to working towards Reconciliation with xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), and urban Indigenous communities. 

Our Reconciliation goals are to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the city and to respect the rights of the local First Nations and urban Indigenous peoples. Despite the progress made to date, we know we have much more work to do and we recognize that Reconciliation is an ongoing process, not a destination.

Key dates

  • February 14 - Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside honouring the lives of missing and murdered women
  • May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and LGBTQIA2S+ Peoples 
  • June - National Indigenous History Month
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • August 9 - International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day
  • November 7 - International Inuit Day
  • November 8 - National Indigenous Veterans Day

Land acknowledgement

The City of Vancouver acknowledges that it is situated on unceded traditional territories.

Indigenous communities

Learn about the Indigenous communities in this area.

Reconciliation policy

We created new policies to support Reconciliation efforts, and continue to explore ways to work with the Indigenous peoples living in Vancouver.

Resources for Indigenous people

Get resources for Indigenous people living in Vancouver, including funding opportunities, healing centres, and community spaces.

Resources for non-Indigenous people

Find information to support your own learning and to contribute to the Reconciliation journey in our city.

Vancouver’s journey towards Reconciliation

Follow Vancouver's journey to Reconciliation.