The Housing Crisis and Reconciliation

There are approximately 1244 Musqueam, 4080 Squamish, and 596 Tsleil-Waututh people in Vancouver, and more than 40,000 Indigenous people currently live on these lands. In the past decade, people from the three local nations have increasingly been unable to afford housing in their homelands. The current housing crisis comes after a century of dispossession and displacement for Indigenous people, making its results even more severe for them. OneCity will work to address the housing crisis in these Indigenous communities by offering city-owned lands to Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for non-profit housing, and by supporting the development of culturally appropriate non-profit housing by and for Indigenous communities. This policy will work toward reconciliation, while addressing the unique housing challenges of urban Indigenous people, and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in their own territory.