The City of Vancouver (the City) sits on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵw ̱ xwú7mesh (SquamishNation), and sə̓ lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). The three Nations have a unique spiritual, cultural, and economic connection to this land that goes back thousands of years. Canada and Vancouver’s historical relationship with the three local First Nations goes only a few hundred years back (partially described in First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers). This colonial history and its troubling legacy forms the backdrop of life in Vancouver and is at the centre of the City’s reconciliation efforts.
Located in the City Manager’s Office, the Senior Director, Indigenous Relations (DIR) works collaboratively across City departments and agencies to build respectful relationships with First Nations, community organizations, and other government partners to advance this work and to support Council direction and advance the City’s strategic interests. Acting as a strategic advisor to the senior leadership team and working with the City Manager’s Office, departmental General Managers, Directors, and senior staff, the DIR is responsible for managing the City of Vancouver’s corporate-wide approach to Indigenous Relations. They lead the development, coordination and implementation of the City’s evolving strategic direction around the Reconciliation Framework and reconciliation efforts.
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First Resume Review: March 14, 2022