We acknowledge and give gratitude to the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations on whose ancestral unceded, and traditional territories the City of Vancouver is located on. The women of these nations carry inherent knowledge of cultural protocols and their identities have been impacted by colonial systems.
We acknowledge those who are still missing, and hold up the survivors and family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Peoples.
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.
What's happeningWork so far
We hired an Indigenous Planner in January 2020 to lead this work, which has included:
- Reviewing MMIWG Reports and City plans, priorities, and policies to identify 284 of the 431 recommendations from both reports as relevant to the City
- Conversations with community members and organizations, and the MMIWG2S Advisory Committee to guide our work
- Engagement with City staff and partners to identify how City work aligns with the reports, where gaps exist, and opportunities to implement recommendations
- Presenting a report to council on July 19, 2022, that evaluated the City’s work so far on implementing the 284 recommendations and how to better align future policies with the intention of those recommendations. City Council heard directly from Indigenous women about their lived experiences and unanimously accepted the report and its recommendations.
- Develop a cross-departmental implementation plan that:
- Focuses on substantive equity and human and Indigenous rights
- Takes a decolonizing and trauma-informed approach
- Includes families and survivors of MMIWG2S violence
- Centers self-determined and Indigenous-led solutions and services
- Recognizes the distinctions among Indigenous peoples
- Prioritizes cultural safety
- Develop an evaluation plan to create accountability for the City’s actions.
- Develop performance objectives for all staff on knowledge of MMIWG2S.
- Create a citywide response protocol when an Indigenous woman, girl, or 2SLGBTQQIA+ person is missing from Vancouver.
Review the MMIWG2S Response Report PDF file (1.7 MB) and watch it be presented to City Council by Indigenous City staff and the MMIWG2S Advisory Committee. The MMIWG2S presentation starts at 3:36.
This work is dedicated to all Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit women and girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ who have experienced violence or are missing.