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The Strategy The Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) was developed in 1997, to help respond to the needs facing Aboriginal people living in key urban centres.  
Key Messages of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy The Urban Aboriginal Strategy, (UAS) provides long-term investments to support urban Aboriginal communities by promoting self-reliance and increasing life choices for Aboriginal people living in urban centres.
History of the UAS in Metro Vancouver In 1997, the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) was developed to address the growing Aboriginal populations living in Canada’s urban centers and to address their socio-economic conditions.
Community Partners Develop partnership opportunities between urban Aboriginal communities, government (municipal, provincial and federal levels of government) and the private sector (business/industry) in a manner that ensures respectful consultation with Metro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal People.
Initiatives the Strategic Plan demonstrates their interrelatedness as they are all part of the bigger vision to build relationships that support self-reliance and economic growth for Urban Aboriginal Peoples.
Initiatives for Youth By providing access to social support networks to manage developmental junctures for school-aged children and youth (ages 7-19), these projects supported culturally-appropriate programs/projects for school-aged Metro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal children and youth (with a special focus on individuals aged 7-14 and 15-18) that are facilitated in different ways as a means of: developing life skills; encouraging the pursuit of higher education and post-secondary or trades and staying in school.

Strategic Plan

This strategic plan is intended to serve as an organizational roadmap and working document for the Metro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy (MVUAS) Steering Committee.


Steering Committee

The purpose of the Metro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy Steering Committee is to serve as an advisory committee to oversee and guide the work of the UAS activities in the Metro Vancouver area. More...


The MVUAS Steering Committee identifies three major priority areas on which to focus: (a) urban Aboriginal learning; (b) urban Aboriginal family/health/wellness; and (c) organizational capacity development. More...

In 1997, the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) was developed to support the growing Aboriginal populations living in Canada’s urban centers. The main goal of the UAS is to help create partnerships and increase collaboration to improve socio-economic conditions of urban Aboriginal Peoples.

In 2007, the Federal Government announced a five-year renewal of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy. A $68.5 million commitment over five years will support a range of projects and initiatives to serve urban Aboriginal populations to 2012...Click HERE to learn more

Local Governance, Local Impact
The Metro Vancouver area is one of twelve regions that benefits from the contributions provided by the UAS. The Metro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy (MVUAS) is led by a Steering Committee that focuses on improving the socio-economic condition of Metro Vancouver's Aboriginal community by partnering with community organizations, the non-profit sector, the private sector, and various levels of government.
This website is designed to keep you informed about MVUAS past and present initiatives, resources and deadlines that may be important to you.
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Upcoming Events

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Live Poll

MVUAS Priority Areas

Metro Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Strategy [MVUAS]

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Staff DetailsVancouver City Coordinator: Michael Ferguson