Vancouver Community College: Indigenizing the Urban Built Environment

Jul. 12, 2023 at 11:12 a.m. PDT

Post-secondary institutes are undergoing significant changes to advance reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and Vancouver Community College (VCC), serving more than 11,000 students, has been determined to trailblaze new practices. In 2020 when VCC commenced a new campus planning process, it learned there was significant yet untold Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh Nations (“MST”) history of the site of the new buildings. Honouring the history of Skwachàys, otherwise known as the City’s Creative District, has become the foundation of VCC’s new campus planning process.

The panel discussed how post-secondary institutions can fully and innovatively embody truth and reconciliation — and how land development in urban centres can contribute to the process of economic and culture Indigenization.


Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Cultural Advisor,

Cory Douglas, Cultural Advisor,

Ian Humphreys, Vice President Administration and International Development, VCC, and

David Wells, Vice President Academic, VCC.

Sponsored by Vancouver Community College.

Subtitles available in: English