Indigenous musicians singing and drumming at the Awards of Excellence

Indigenous communities

Vancouver has the third-largest population of Indigenous peoples in Canada, after Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Vancouver is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh 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 is also home to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit from all over the continent. We're committed to developing strong relationships with diverse urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver.

Through continuous learning and engagement, we work to incorporate the perspectives and priorities of local First Nations and urban Indigenous Peoples into our services and decisions. Our commitments to reconciliation are ongoing, evolving, and essential to our path forward.

Indigenous community resources

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, we supported a Year of Reconciliation.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

We are humbled to do the work of responding to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice and Red Women Rising.

Community partnerships

City staff help ensure Indigenous community members can access services and have a voice in municipal government.

Dialogues Project

The Dialogues Project was convened to increase understanding, and strengthen Indigenous and immigrant/non-Indigenous relations.

Inventory of services, issues, and initiatives

A resource for Vancouver’s Indigenous communities with details of relevant activities, issues, and organizations.

Get a free copy of the Dialogues Project book

dialogues-coverVancouver Dialogues: First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities records the Dialogues Project’s journey, which includes dialogue circles, cultural exchange visits, community research, and youth and elders programs.

Download the book  (5 MB)

Indigenous health, healing, and wellness

The Aboriginal Health, Healing, and Wellness in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Study is a snapshot of an enquiry into traditional, spiritual, and cultural supports and services being offered in the DTES.

Executive summary PDF file (2 MB)

Full report PDF file (7 MB)

Supporting survivors and families

In April 2017, the City’s Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee convened a meeting to understand how to best support those involved with the National Inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The meeting identified priorities and areas of need.

Full report  (1 MB)

Centres, groups, services, and programs

BC211BC211's "Redbook" has a complete online directory of programs and services in Vancouver for the Indigenous community.

Red Book Online