People at the Walk for Reconciliation

Aligning the Truth and Reconciliation call to actions with our work

The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action final report  listed 94 recommendations to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Of those, 27 have been identified as actionable areas for the City. 

The calls to action that align with our work can be summarized under the following three themes:

Healthy communities and wellness

  • Our Healthy City Strategy includes goals to promote safety, inclusion, and connections between communities and individuals with reconciliation as an integral focus
  • We support early learning and care, including child care and related grants and support programs
  • The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions has a key focus of supporting centres for Indigenous healing and wellness
  • Our Social Policy Capital Grants are awarded to Indigenous organizations for improved service delivery and on a range of issues, including cultural competency training, healing and wellness, and youth programming
  • Our sports partnerships and grants will be available to support Indigenous sporting events in Vancouver

Achieving Indigenous human rights and recognition

  • City of Vancouver – First Nations Council to Council, government relationship
  • Recognition of Vancouver’s situation on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh traditional territory
  • Stated support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • City Council’s advocacy for Indigenous inclusion and rights recognition

Advancing awareness, knowledge, and capacity

  • We are providing cultural competency and capacity training for City staff, including mandatory Indigenous cultural competency training for all Vancouver Police Department staff
  • Our Vancouver Public Library branches are offering diverse and accessible collections on residential schools, treaties, and historical and contemporary Indigenous matters 
  • We launched First Peoples: Guide for Newcomers  (5 MB), which covers the history of Indigenous peoples, a local First Nation overview, and contemporary urban issues
  • The Canada 150th anniversary celebration was used as a time for Indigenous recognition and celebration with all Vancouverites
  • We provide funding and support for BC Sports Hall of Fame  to provide stories on Indigenous athletes in history
  • We provide support for Indigenous training and employment through our mentorship programs and partnerships with Indigenous employment agencies
  • We recognize September 30 as Orange Shirt Day to honour residential school survivors