How can we create a post-pandemic Vancouver that is just, equitable, decolonized, and inclusive for all?
From the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, to the cultural identity of neighbourhoods such as Hogan’s Alley, Chinatown, Commercial Drive and the Punjabi Market, the City of Vancouver embodies a rich tapestry of neighbourhoods, communities, and residents.
Yet to achieve a safe and inclusive city for residents of all cultures, incomes, ages, abilities, genders, and perspectives, issues of equity and the history of systematic exclusion of many communities and identities need to be addressed. Tangible action that goes beyond engagement and consultation to take action on the feedback already heard from Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, youth, and other equity-seeking groups is now needed.
On June 23, 2020, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC), with the support of SFU Public Square hosted an online panel of current and past Commissioners who discussed how the pandemic is impacting their communities, and what potential policy changes and opportunities they see in creating a post-pandemic Vancouver that is just, equitable, decolonized, and inclusive for all.
Sierra Tasi Baker is the lead cultural and design consultant at Sky Spirit Consulting. Sierra is a descendant of Squamish, Musqueam, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, Haida and Hungarian Chieftains and Matriarchs.
Veronika Bylicki is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of CityHive, an organization on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in civic processes, in particular city planning and decision making.
Leslie Shieh is a planner, urban designer, developer, and academic. In her work she seeks to bridge research and practice.
Amina Yasin is a caregiver, a daughter, a sister, an auntie and a wicked awesome dancer. She is football (the world’s sport), basketball player and aspiring surfer. She also happens to work as an urban planner in Metro Vancouver with a focus on anti-racism, equity and accessibility in planning. She Co-Chaired the Canadian Institute of Planners Social Equity Committee and is a board member with the Hogan’s Alley Society.
Omar Dominguez currently serves as co-chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC). He is the director of government relations and sector development at Vantage Point. In this role, Omar nurtures constructive public dialogue and collaboration to advance a healthy public policy environment to strengthen the not-for-profit sector.