Urban Indigenous Peoples' Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Urban Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for urban Indigenous Peoples to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Meeting updates

Meeting Format:

Civic Agency meetings may be in-person, electronic (as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law), or a hybrid of the two. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted online under the 'Meetings" tab below. 

Virtual Meeting Platform:

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Webinars (formerly Webex Events). No software download is required. 

Attending Meetings:

  • To view a meeting online or listen by phone, follow instructions provided below.
  • Join link is made available at least 24 hours before the meeting.
  • For in-person attendance at City Hall, seek directions to the meeting room from Security staff. If arriving after 5:00 pm, enter via the 12th Avenue entrance by using the intercom (this entrance is equipped with a wheelchair ramp).

Note:

Unlike meetings of City Council, there is usually no public speaking option during Civic Agency meetings. Virtual attendees will be muted and unseen by meeting participants. If you wish to get in touch with a Civic Agency, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Next Meeting Details:

  • Date: July 15, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Cascadia Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall; Virtual (Webex Webinars)
  • Meeting Password: UIPC (Dial 8472 from telephone keypad)

Joining via Webinar:

  • Click Join the Meeting (link will be updated the day before the meeting)
  • Enter the meeting password when prompted: UIPC

Joining by Phone (Audio Only):

  • Dial 1-604-646-8916 (Local) or 1-855-699-3239 (Canada/US Toll Free)
  • Enter the access code followed by pound: 2772 080 8020
  • Enter numeric meeting password followed by pound: 8472#

Consent - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

To view or participate in meetings virtually, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information outside Canada as described below. The City of Vancouver collects your personal information in accordance with section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for purposes of organizing and administering advisory body meetings. For virtual Civic Agency meetings, your contact information will be shared with the City’s web conferencing provider, Cisco WebEx. Information submitted to WebEx will be stored on servers in the United States and may be accessed in the United States or internationally for technical support purposes. If you have questions about the collection of this information, please contact the director of access to information and privacy by emailing privacy@vancouver.ca or mailing a letter to 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.

Mandate and scope

  • Advises Council and staff on issues of concern to urban Indigenous peoples living in Vancouver
  • Advises Council and staff on the implementation of the City of Reconciliation Framework and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Facilitates effective communication and consultation between the City and urban Indigenous communities on the lands known as Vancouver
  • Works collaboratively with counterparts from other civic agencies to identify opportunities for joint action on issues of mutual interest
  • Works co-operatively with external agencies and groups whose activities affect constituent communities
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Meeting and administrative procedures

  • The Urban Indigenous Peoples' Advisory Committee holds six regular meetings per year, in addition to working sessions generally scheduled during intervening months throughout the year.
  • Type A Advisory Committees may, at their discretion, establish sub-committees focused on relevant topics of interest, non-members may participate in sub-committees and attend regular meetings if invited.
  • A member who is absent from more than two consecutive regular meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Remuneration

  • Type A Advisory Committee members and alternate members are eligible to receive reimbursement for certain meeting-related expenses.
  • Non-member subcommittee participants are not eligible to receive reimbursement.
  • A light meal will be provided to Type A Advisory Committee members attending in-person regular meetings held over lunch or dinner hours.

Eligibility

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee shall meet the following essential criteria:

  • Not be employed by the City of Vancouver
  • Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity

Term limit

Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve for more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

Terms of Reference

Membership

Appointments end December 31, 2024.

  • Troy Abromaitis
  • Suzette Amaya
  • Leona Brown
  • Nicole Cardinal
  • Steven Eastman
  • Mathew Fleury
  • Erik Hunter
  • Annita Mcphee
  • Kwákwaýel7simia Nahanee
  • Taylor Scott
  • Drew Stewart

Liaisons​

Council Liaisons:

  • Councillor Christine Boyle
  • Councillor Adriane Carr

Staff Liaison:

  • Rachel Wuttunee, Senior Manager, Urban Indigenous Relations

Vancouver Public Library Liaison:

  • Rick Ouellet, Indigenous Planner, Policy and Planning

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Liaison:

  • Commissioner Scott Jensen

Vancouver School Board Liaison: 

  • Trustee Janet Fraser

Vancouver Police Department Liaison:

  • Constable Rick Lavallee

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee shall meet the following essential criteria:

  • Not be employed by the City of Vancouver;
  • Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver;
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver;
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body;
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity.

Composition:

  • Up to 12 members (quorum is a majority of appointed members) who represent Urban Indigenous Peoples, with at least two members identifying as Métis;
  • Up to 2 non-voting Council liaisons (appointed by Mayor);
  • Up to 2 non-voting staff liaisons (appointed by City Manager; at least 1 senior-level staff member).
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioner liaison and/or staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver School Board Trustee liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Public Library staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Police Department staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council liaison (optional).

Length of term:

  • Term ends immediately before the first Monday after November 1 in the year of a general local election. However, no regular meeting shall be held between the last day of the nomination period and general voting day.
  • Members are appointed until December 31, 2024, at which point appointments are automatically renewable to the end of the term, and recruitment shall be conducted to fill any vacancies arising.

 

All Regular Meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the Regular Meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

2024 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 15, 2024 Agenda Minutes
March 18, 2024 Agenda Minutes 
May 13, 2024 Agenda Minutes
July 15, 2024 Agenda  
September 16, 2024    
November 18, 2024    

2023 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
July 24, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 18, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 27, 2023 Agenda Minutes

2022 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2022 Agenda Minutes
March 7, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 9 , 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 4, 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 19, 2022 Agenda Minutes

2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 1, 2021 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2021 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2021 Cancelled  
July 5, 2021 Agenda Minutes
October 4, 2021 Cancelled  
October 25, 2021 Agenda Minutes
December 6, 2021 Agenda Minutes

2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 20, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 9, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2020 Cancelled  
June 1, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2020 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2020 Agenda Minutes

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public. 

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 22      Agenda Minutes
March 12 CANCELLED  
April 9 CANCELLED  
May 14 Agenda Minutes
September 17 Agenda  Minutes
October 15 Agenda Minutes

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2017     CANCELLED  
March 23, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 11, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2016      Agenda Minutes
March 3, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 9, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 19, 2016 Agenda Cancelled
December 1, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 20, 2015 Agenda   Minutes
June 15, 2015  CANCELLED  
June 29, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 29, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 22, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 9, 2013 cancelled
January 23, 2013 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2013 cancelled
September 18, 2013 cancelled
October 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 13, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 13, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 14, 2012 Agenda Minutes

Report of Activities, 2021–2022

An overview of the committee's 2022 accomplishments.
View the Committee's report (pdf)

2021 - 2022 Work Plan

The 2021-2022 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2019-2020 in review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2019-2020, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

July 7, 2020

The City of Vancouver's Urban Indigenous Peoples' Advisory Committee Calls for Meaningful Action on Anti-Racism and Reconciliation by Mayor, Council and Civic Departments.

Read the news release (45 KB)

2017 in review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Councils October 12, 2017.

2017 - 2018 Work Plan

The 2017-2018 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives

2016 in review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

2012 - 2014 term in review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Year of Reconciliation

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee worked closely with staff providing advice and support during the Year of Reconciliation.

Documents

Resources for Civic Agency members

Staff Contacts

Staff Liaison

Rachel Wuttunee, Senior Manager, Urban Indigenous Relations

604-873-7635

rachel.wuttunee@vancouver.ca

*Contact the Staff Liaison for subject matter expertise and information on City programs, services and initiatives.


Clerk

Irina Dragnea, Meeting Coordinator

604-873-7050

Irina.dragnea@vancouver.ca

*Contact the Clerk for information on meetings, schedules, agendas, minutes, correspondence, and procedure.