News: City seeking diverse voices to respond to Vancouver Plan survey

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City of Vancouver Information Bulletin:

The City is actively seeking to hear from diverse voices and ensure all communities across Vancouver are represented through an initial city-wide planning survey. The survey is designed to capture a picture of the current challenges and hopes of those who live, work and play in Vancouver; as well as those who want to do so.

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Acknowledging Black History Month

We, at the Vancouver City Planning Commission, would like to acknowledge that February is Black History Month.

We acknowledge that we all face the challenge of forgetting our history, including that the colonies that became colonial Canada did so through land speculation, colonialism, and more than 200 years of slavery that ended only 30 years before the United States of America wrote the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

This proclamation gave the legal basis to free enslaved people of African descent, many of whom would subsequently over years form multiple generations of Black freedom seekers to Canada including to the City of Vancouver, within the now displaced Hogan’s Alley community. It is within this context that we acknowledge the history of stolen lands and stolen peoples forced onto this land.

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EVENT: Decolonizing the City: The Future of Indigenous Planning in Vancouver

On September 25, 2019, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the PIBC South Coast Chapter, and the Vancouver City Planning Commission will host a panel that explores the work of Indigenous planners in Vancouver. It will look behind the scenes on what it takes to strengthen relations and create new practices and policies with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and with urban Indigenous communities, from a City of Vancouver context.

Panelists will reflect on what reconciliation means for city planning, how Indigenous Planning in Vancouver has changed over time, and what Indigenous rights means for urban planning today.

The panel will be moderated by Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Decolonization Strategist, Urban Planner, and Researcher.

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RELEASE: A City for All Summit Report & Workbook

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).

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