This September, Mayor Ken Sim issued a proclamation on behalf of the City of Vancouver, affirming the City's dedication to working towards genuine reconciliation.
The City acknowledges that while progress has been made, including signing of the new protocol agreement with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh External website, opens in new tab , discussions of similar agreements with səl̓ilwətaɁɬ and xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm, furthering the MMIWG2S report PDF file (1.7 MB) implementation plan, and developing the City’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 5-year action plan for the implementation of the 79 recommendations, significant work is still needed to bring about meaningful change. The City acknowledges that our Reconciliation efforts should have begun earlier, and that there is still much work to do.
In June 2021, the federal government voted to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, as a direct response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The City will be closed on September 30. Staff may take time to deepen their understanding of the intergenerational trauma caused by Residential Schools and how they can advance Reconciliation in their communities.
A day of remembrance
To honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2022, Mayor Kennedy Stewart issued a proclamation PDF file (509 KB) on behalf of the City of Vancouver, declaring September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action final report PDF file (299 KB) 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. Review these 27 calls to action here PDF file (204 KB).
For a comprehensive look at our most recent Reconciliation actions, review our Reconciliation report PDF file (528 KB).