Closing Discussion

The senior managers from the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and Vancouver School Board expressed their appreciation to participants and organizers and were in turn thanked for making themselves available and listening to the ideas and recommendation of the groups and individuals in attendance. During
the closing discussion there was an overall plea for the City to address decolonization and inequalities with Indigenous peoples, a topic that had been raised in all of the roundtable groups.

Sierra Tasi Baker, Squamish Nation, honouring Indigenous peoples in the room and sharing Oral History and primary research of first contact with George Vancouver and the protocols established.
Sierra Tasi Baker, Squamish Nation, honouring Indigenous peoples in the room and sharing Oral History and primary research of first contact with George Vancouver and the protocols established.

It was noted that the Summit had an unusual depth and breadth of participation by Indigenous peoples, the Black community and people of colour, women, youth, seniors and representatives of the LGTBQ2+ and the (dis)ability communities. The question of who was not there raised the issue of children and youth who were in school or people working with organizations that could not afford to spare them, even though an honorarium had been offered to cover their time. There was also a need expressed for outreach to community members who are not digitally connected or comfortable.

Perhaps the most important reflection was – that almost all of those in the room had participated in many such gatherings in the past and shared a general frustration at the lack of feedback and continuity about the impact of their work. Everyone at this Summit had brought case examples and insights to share from their work and lived experiences and wanted – in fact demanded – to see results in action, not in words.