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Reconciliation in Action: A Place-based Approach

Reconciliation in Action Booklet


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Environics Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study

Building Aboriginal inclusive communities in Vancouver requires a comprehensive understanding of the values, experiences, identities and aspirations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples living in our city. A 2010 Environics Institute report, the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS), documents the findings of their inquiry into these issues. It also reports on the types of perceptions non-Aboriginal people hold in regards to the Aboriginal population. These findings are based on interviews with a sample of 250 Aboriginal people in Vancouver and 2500 telephone surveys with non-Aboriginal individuals. You can read the full report here and key findings from various cities in Canada here.

The Globe and Mail recently published a piece that summarizes the UAPS findings and reflects on how we can advance the conversation and attend to the diverse needs and interests of the growing urban Aboriginal population in Canada. You can read the article on the Globe and Mail website.

Some findings of the UAPS study:

“Seven in ten Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver think they can make the city a better place to live. This sense of empowerment is stronger than in any other UAPS city except Toronto, and is also stronger than among non-Aboriginal people in Vancouver”

 “There is strong Indigenous pride among Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver”

  “Most UAPS participants feel discrimination of Aboriginal peoples is a pervasive problem, and one that majorities report having experienced personally”

  “A majority of Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver retain links with their community of origin, whether it be their own or that of their parents/grandparents. This sense of connection is particularly strong among First Nations peoples”


Scott Clark on Global News Calling for Change at MCFD

“Two weeks after a judge issued a damning ruling against the Ministry of Children and Family Development, calls continue to come for the ministry to do more to help at risk children. Scott Clark, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society, and Judy McGuire, coordinator with the Inner City Safety Society, speak to BC1 about what social workers are dealing with on the front lines.”

Link to Global News Coverage

More like this from ALIVE:

 Press Releases 

Mother’s Panel on the MCFD

No silver bullet to fix Canada’s most challenged urban commmunity

Tristan Hopper of the National Post reports on the state of “Canada’s poorest postal code”, citing both ALIVE President, Ernie Crey and Executive Director, Scott Clark in a recent article

Vancouver’s ‘gulag’: Canada’s poorest neighbourhood refuses to get better despite $1M a day in social spending


Kim Stallknecht/Postmedia News/File


“We’ve made it Fortress Downtown Eastside; easy to get in, exceptionally hard to get out of,” says Ernie Crey, president of the AREA’S Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE).