Welcome to fall and the latest issue of Metro Vancouver Update!
It is important to acknowledge that this past month marked the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a new federal statutory holiday established in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action No. 80, for public commemoration of the history and legacy of colonization and residential schools. Metro Vancouver treated this day as a statutory holiday to provide staff with the opportunity to learn, recognize and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing intergenerational impacts incurred by Indigenous Peoples. As an organization, Metro Vancouver continues to strengthen its relationships with local First Nations through: community forums and other special events; leadership and technical meetings; information-sharing and engagement processes; and economic and procurement opportunities on capital and infrastructure projects, regional parks and regional planning initiatives, and many other endeavours.
In this issue of Metro Vancouver update, you can read about the recent Local Government Matters campaign — a non-partisan initiative to promote the critical needs of local governments during the federal election. Additionally, the final list of keynote speakers has been announced for the Zero Waste Conference! Read this issue to find out which world-class leaders, innovators and change makers will be featured at the event on October 28.
Thank you for reading the Metro Vancouver Update. Together we make our region strong.