The Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) 2018 Summit on A City for All was held at the Community Roundhouse in Yaletown on December 4, 2018. The full day event was attended by over 228 participants from City of Vancouver Advisory Committees, community groups and organizations from all sectors (public, private, academic, and not for profit). Participants worked in 19 round-tables throughout the day to present examples of their work and lived experiences, identify their key findings, and make recommendations.
The goal was to improve Vancouver’s resiliency by building social capacity. The topics clustered around three themes: Belonging, Equity, and the Design of Places and Spaces; and overarching frameworks: Intersectionality and Reconciliation. At the end of the day, each table gave a brief summary of their priorities to senior City managers (see list of staff and trustees in the Acknowledgements section).
“We must move forward together. Our future and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation as quoted by a participant.
The goal of improving resiliency guided the VCPC’s Summit. The selection of the Summit themes (Belonging, Equity, and Design of Places and Spaces) and frameworks (Resiliency, Intersectionality and Reconciliation) came out of discussions and workshops held by VCPC in 2016/2017. Although the roundtables focused on their specific topic, the discussions addressed issues facing Vancouverites from multiple perspectives.
For example, while research and initiatives on social isolation and the Social Determinants of Health were delved into in the Belonging roundtables, they were also addressed at the Equity roundtables where the impact of affordability, poverty, and marginalization on health and isolation were examined. The Places & Spaces roundtables discussed how physical spaces and planning processes impact belonging and equity. Lack of affordability came up again and again throughout all the roundtables and was examined both from the effects on individuals as well as the ability of civil society organizations to successfully operate in the city.
The importance of keeping intersectionality in mind while designing programs, initiatives, and approaches was continually cited, and was also highlighted as people shared their personal stories of how race, age, class, gender identity, and sexual orientation has influenced their relationship to the City and each other. While the roundtables on Reconciliation and Colonization and Discrimination delved deeply into the history and current impacts of Indigenous-settler Drawing by Stanley King 8 9 relationships, the push for Reconciliation and beyond was critical to the discussions on health, food, housing, economic development, community engagement, and others.
The need to foreground Indigenous values was a common theme throughout the Recommendations.
Part 1 of this workbook is VCPC’s report on the Summit to Mayor and Council. Part 2 is a record of the key findings and recommendations from participants. Short summaries of each roundtable’s priorities as presented at the end of the day are included in the Executive Summary of the Roundtables’ Priorities, followed by descriptions of the initiatives presented at each roundtable with links to webpages for more information. Every attempt has been made to capture these discussions in the participants’ words. As requested by them, participants were given the opportunity to review their own group’s report.
The Appendices include electronic links to additional background notes and a case study.
Read the Summit ReportVCPC A City for All Report