First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers

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First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics:

who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada;
a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples;
and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community.
Published by the City of Vancouver in 2014, this book was guided by a Working Group made up of First Nations and community members. While some of the information is specific to Vancouver and the surrounding area, there is introductory information that is useful in a larger context.

This book is available free online.

This Guide is a collaborative effort of many people and organizations.
Kory Wilson, Director of Aboriginal Education & Community Engagement
at Vancouver Community College, has guided the research and
writing of this Guide. Kory is from Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and
Laich-Kwil-Tach nations, both of which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw
First Nation. Her knowledge, understanding and commitment have
ensured the successful completion of this Guide. Her co-researcher/
writer Jane Henderson has provided essential support to the project
throughout. We are grateful to the both of them for this collaborative
work and to Vancouver Community College for their in-kind
contribution.

We thank the staff of the Vancouver Public Library for their contributions
to this project.
We are indebted to the Vancouver Dialogues Working Group which
proposed the idea of gathering more information for newcomers and
subsequently developed an initial outline for the Guide: Professor Linc
Kesler, Dan Guinan, Susan Tatoosh, Henry Yu, Richard Vedan, Wade
Grant, Elder Larry Grant, Michael Yu, Gabriel George, Damara Jacobs,
Jill Baird, Zool Suleman, Brenda Lorenz and Anne Olsen.

We also thank the Welcoming Communities Working Group for their support: Dan
Guinan, Brenda Lorenz, Jocelyne Hamel, Dale Hunter, Jane Li, Wade
Grant and Susan Tatoosh.

Many people have contributed in the development of the Guide.
We particularly want to thank Wade Grant, Chris Lewis, Leah
George-Wilson, Linc Kesler, Dan Guinan, Susan Tatoosh, Ginger Gosnell-Myers
and the City’s Corporate Communications for providing
comments on drafts of the Guide. John Moreau and staff at the City
web operations supported the posting and launch of the Guide.
Finally, we would like to thank the Provincial Immigration Integration
Branch for their generous funding support to make this project
possible.

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