[Update: Council adopted an amended version of the motion. Click on the Council agenda within a couple days for the meeting minutes, containing the approved text.]
On May 29, Vancouver Park Board approved a motion on this topic, and now it goes to City Council today, with a motion by Councillor Jean Swanson. Council agenda details are here, plus link to Council video stream.
Backgrounder: Crab Park Expansion and Healing Centre Info Sheet
2019 May 27 Crab Full Info Package For PB Meeting
Here is the text of the motion and further below are some links for further reading. See Vancouver Sun article for explanation of the photo.
Motion 8. Expanding Downtown Eastside Greenspace and Waterfront Access
At the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on June 26 and 27, 2019, due to time constraints, the Committee referred the following motion to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on July 10, 2019, to hear from speakers.
Submitted by: Councillor Swanson
- On May 27, 2018, the Vancouver Park Board unanimously approved an amended motion requesting that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority identifies further opportunities to make investments in the local Downtown Eastside community with a particular focus on parks, recreation, and Reconciliation, and that the Park Board explore the initiation of a working group in partnership with the City of Vancouver and community stakeholders with a goal to transition the development and construction of an indigenous-focused healing, wellness, and/or cultural centre out of the theoretical and into action and reality;
- In 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced the Centerm Expansion Project, which involves a series of improvements at the Centerm container terminal, including extending the terminal to the west;
- On April 18, 2018, a project permit was approved for the Centerm Expansion Project;
- On June 20, 2018, City Council approved recommendations for staff to continue to work with community, health sector, foundation and government partners to plan for the development and operation of an Indigenous Healing and Wellness Centre in the Downtown Eastside;
- Waterfront spaces are critically important both culturally and ecologically to the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and every opportunity should be sought to partner with them on the potential of such spaces;
- Based on the City’s support of the Park Board’s park provision targets, the Downtown Eastside is park deficient and would benefit from the addition of greenspace;
- Community members have expressed an interest for an indigenous healing centre/arts and cultural centre in CRAB Park;
- The Port Authority has stated its commitment to being a good neighbour to local communities, municipalities and First Nations, and to demonstrating this commitment through its investments in those communities.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Continue reading