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Vancouver's Aboriginal communities


Vancouver has the third-largest population of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, after Winnipeg and Edmonton.

In addition to three Coast Salish Nations who are indigenous to this area, the city is also home to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit from all over the country.

City staff play an important role in helping our Aboriginal communities gain access to services, overcome barriers, and have a voice in civic government.

They also bring groups together to explore opportunities, build networks, and increase cross-cultural understanding.

Aboriginal community resources

Dialogues Project

The Dialogues Project was convened by the City of Vancouver to increase understanding and strengthen relations between Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities.

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.

Inventory of services, issues, and initiatives

The “Inventory of Aboriginal Services, Issues, and Initiatives in Vancouver” is a resource for Vancouver’s Aboriginal communities, and anyone interested in knowing more about these communities. It gives details of relevant activities, issues, and organizations.

Community partnerships

City staff help Aboriginal community members gain access to services and overcome barriers, while ensuring their perspective is considered during decison making.

Get a free copy of the Dialogues Project book


Vancouver Dialogues: First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities records the Dialogues Project’s journey, which includes dialogue circles, cultural exchange visits, community research, and youth and elders programs.

Download the book

Aboriginal Health, Healing, and Wellness reports

The Aboriginal Health, Healing, and Wellness in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) study is a snapshot of an enquiry into the Aboriginal traditional, spiritual, and cultural supports and services being offered in the (DTES).

Engaging Aboriginal youth

dialogues youth

Find out how Vancouver's Aboriginal youth are engaging with the City's Dialogues Project.

Visit Vancouver Dialogues

Find centres, groups, services, and programs for the Aboriginal community


BC211's "Redbook" has a complete online directory of programs and services in Vancouver for the Aboriginal community.

Red Book Online

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