Indigenous Relations

Metro Vancouver recognizes that as a public serving entity, we have an important and impactful role to play towards reconciliation.

We recognize the importance of education in developing institutional change and in understanding the unique interests, priorities, and rights of Indigenous communities. Because of this, Metro Vancouver raises awareness of Indigenous history and contemporary issues through training sessions, workshops, and guest presentations for staff and elected officials.

We are continually striving to strengthen our relationships with local First Nations through increased collaboration and early, ongoing, and meaningful engagement.

Metro Vancouver also responds to pan-municipal First Nation issues and represents and supports Metro Vancouver local government interests at treaty negotiation tables as well as at provincial and federal venues.

Metro Vancouver’s Commitment to Reconciliation

Metro Vancouver’s commitment to fostering respect, reconciliation, and mutual understanding with all Indigenous peoples and communities was endorsed by the Board in 2015, when it adopted a resolution endorsing the Summary Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada on Indian Residential Schools, as well as the following objectives:

  • Liaise with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (and by extension Reconciliation Canada)
  • Raise awareness about Residential Schools
  • Provide cultural competency training
  • Strengthen relationships with First Nations

In April 2021, the Metro Vancouver Board recommitted to reconciliation, and included language about reconciliation in the updated Strategic Plan.

Our Collective Role in Reconciliation

Metro Vancouver encourages staff, residents, and visitors of the region to reflect on the Calls to Action that they can take part in, reflect on the harmful legacy of Canada’s Residential Schools, and develop pathways to reconciliation with Indigenous people and First Nations communities to keep moving forward in positive ways.