We are humbled to do the work of responding to the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice and Red Women Rising recommendations on the ancestral, unceded, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
We would like to acknowledge the families and survivors of violence, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ and gender diverse peoples. We will work to keep alive the memories by ensuring that we implement relevant recommendations. In this way, we hope to ensure that this type of genocide will never happen again.
We would like to acknowledge the work of the grass roots and front lines who have been doing this work to respond to the violence inflicted upon women, 2SLGBTQQIA+, and their families.
We recognize that reconciliation is critical to reducing the recurring impacts of colonization on Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit communities. We also acknowledge that we have a long way to go to achieving appropriate reconciliation.
What's happeningUpcoming work
We hired an Indigenous Planner in January 2020 to lead this work, which includes:
- Reviewing MMIWG Reports and City plans, priorities, and policies
- Outreach to Urban Indigenous Peoples and organizations
- Conversations with community members and organizations, and advising for, and attending national online discussions
- Supporting local, Indigenous-led grass roots initiatives
- Engagement with City staff and partners to identify how City work aligns with the reports, where gaps exist, and opportunities to implement recommendations
Information icon The final report will be available early 2022.
In 2019, two historic reports were published:
- Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside External link icon
- Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (‘Calls for Justice’) External link icon
These reports form the basis of an important and substantive piece of work that the City is undertaking and in partnership with Indigenous leaders, organizations, and community members.
This work is dedicated to all Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit women and girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ who have experienced violence.