6. Indigenous

 

6.1 COPE will recognize and act on addressing the needs and priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, Indigenous Community organizations and the Idle No More movement.

 

Residential School Redress

6.2 COPE will participate in popular education and awareness on the issue of residential school redress in collaboration with indigenous organizations.

 

Indigenous Representation on City Council

6.3 COPE will advocate for, in consultation with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, representation, voice, and vote from each of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on Vancouver City Council. COPE will support thorough dialogue with Indigenous people, communities, and nations to mutually determine implementation of this policy.

6.3.1 COPE will consult with the local First Nations and urban Indigenous organizations to strengthen Indigenous participation in civic governance.

 

Indigenous Place Names

6.4 COPE will create an inventory of colonial place names which carry an inappropriate legacy and prepare replacement names in consultation with Urban Aboriginal and Indigenous organizations, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

 

UNDRIP

6.5 COPE commits to developing policies and programs that align with indigenous/First Nations rights, especially those protected under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), including environmental policies and programs that ensure practices of environmental apartheid are not perpetuated in the City of Vancouver, situated on unceded, occupied x?m?θkw?y??m (Musqueam), Sk?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), and S?l?ílw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

 

Place-based Decolonization

6.6 COPE will initiate and participate in popular education and awareness-building by leveraging civic libraries and community centres to enact reconciliation and redress strategies which are neighbourhood-specific.

6.7 COPE will ensure a place-based approach with respect to City decision-making on major capital plan investments to manifest reconciliation and redress with local First Nations. All major civic projects on the capital plan (greater than $10M) will require a Coast Salish impact and redress assessment be conducted. This would apply to the proposed new Vancouver Art Gallery (with its history of showing 99.8% non-Coast Salish art) requiring, for example, cultural redress with a permanent Coast Salish art gallery integrated into the $200M+ project, prior to receiving City support.

 

Indigenous Languages and Cultural Development

6.9 COPE will advocate for policies that advance Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh economic, language and cultural development.

 

Land Back

6.10 COPE will lobby higher levels of colonial governments for practical devolution of Crown agencies and jurisdictions, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, to the three local First Nations.

6.11 COPE will work with the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation and use some of the mansion tax revenues to create indigenous land trusts and collaborate on restoring stolen land.

 

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