REMINDER! This week Metro Vancouver Alliance is hosting 2 days of vision, strategy, and relationship-building to grow the power in our community Alliance.

After a pause for reflection and evaluation (and working on updating the website)...  MVA is building a deeper and broader Alliance for the good of all who live and work in our region.  Bring your voice - help us get started at our first major event of the year:



MVA Strategy Summit,  Thursday Feb. 27 & Friday Feb 28

Vancouver, various locations   RSVP today!

A series of energizing sessions to explore why and how our organizations are Stronger Together, designed to ignite your vision for what is necessary and achievable for a more liveable Metro Vancouver.  

Two senior organizers from MVA's international network, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), will guide us in discernment and planning for the coming year and beyond. Do you want your own institution to become stronger and more meaningful to all its members? What do you and your neighbours need to feel secure and connected? 75 years of successes prove how a true alliance of community groups holds the power to address those needs. 

At the Strategy Summit, you will meet your allies and explore common goals.  Will we see you there?


 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS   Please click on links to RSVP

DELEGATES ASSEMBLY  "From Visions to Victories for the Common Good" Thursday Feb. 27,  7-9pm

Public Service Alliance of Canada, 5238 Joyce St, 2nd floor

Join veteran leaders of the Industrial Areas Foundation and Metro Vancouver Alliance for a look at the breadth and strength of our global movement for local empowerment.  Come and see what organized people and organized money accomplish, in the hands of everyday citizens. Come to imagine how we might use them next, for a more equitable Metro Vancouver. Bring a companion from your organization!    



9am: Faith Caucus workshop for congregational renewal  

11:30am [by invitation] Institutional Leaders Luncheon with IAF Northwest Regional organizer, Joe Chrastil, for a stimulating exploration of "Strong Institutions for Stronger Democracy."  

5:30pm Call to Action, mapping concrete steps for increasing the depth, diversity, and public power of our Alliance.

Note: "Building Public Relationships" Master Class has been cancelled due to an unavoidable program change. Apologies for any incovenience.



Joe Chrastil: Regional Organizer, IAF Northwest

Forty years' experience in building and launching action-oriented community organizations, developing leaders, strategy and capacity in Canada and the US. His work has addressed a wide range of issues related to jobs, immigration, health care, education, energy, housing, and transportation.  Joe has overseen MVA's development since its beginnings more than ten years ago.


Ernesto Cortes, Jr.: Co-Director, IAF; Executive Director, IAF West/Southwest

Regrettably, due to unexpected circumstances Mr Cortes must postpone his travel to Vancouver at this time.  His meetings with MVA leaders will be rescheduled at a later date.





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What we did on our summer vacation

We were very busy over the summer, organizing for the common good, of course!

And, here's the latest update from the Metro Vancouver Alliance.....


Strategy team meeting

Our strategy team meets on Tuesday, September 10, from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, in Room 1209 of the Vancouver Community College health sciences building (Broadway campus). We'll be discussing our work for this fall and new opportunities for our research action teams to access grant money to pursue their priority issues. 

Community Organizing Leadership Institute

Our introduction to the theory and practice of community organizing, including necessary skills you can use to strengthen your union, congregation, community group or educational organization. Join other emerging and established leaders for this in-depth workshop on Friday evening, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. Learn more and register here. The leadership Institute is free for folks from MVA member institutions. Participants from non-member institutions may pay $75 to take part. This may be applied to membership dues in the MVA if your institution later decides to join us. Please download the workshop poster here and share it.

Free workshop: Tough Conversations - keeping your cool when things get challenging

Our bodies respond instinctively when we feel challenged: the neck or jaw tightens, and the stomach gets queasy. Physical discomfort requires physical strategies. This training offers simple techniques to get you and your body working together so you can handle the challenge and communicate effectively in a way that feels better. Come prepared to ignite your curiosity and to explore new ways of taking care of yourself, especially in those tough moments. Join Shayna Hornstein, adult educator, counsellor and coach - and MVA leader - for this engaging workshop on Tuesday, October 29, 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm at the BCGEU Vancouver office. Find out more and register here.

Red dress gathering

The Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) an MVA member, is holding a red dress gathering to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on Sunday, September 15 from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm in Bear Creek Park (13750 88 Avenue in Surrey (140th Street east side entrance).  Everyone welcome. Bring a chair and a picnic lunch, some refreshments provided. Download the poster here and share it.

The coming federal election

The Public Service Alliance of Canada, an MVA member, is sponsoring an all-candidates forum for voters in the Vancouver-Kingsway electoral district on Tuesday, September 17, 7.00 pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street, a few minutes from the Joyce Skytrain station). Everyone is welcome to attend. You can RSVP and even submit a question here.

MVA partner, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, will be weighing in on top voting concerns such as the rising cost of living, climate change, much-needed investments in health care and closing expensive tax loopholes. Let the CCPA know what you care about and stay up to date with their election analysis here.

Global climate strike

Greta Thunberg has landed on our shores just in time for the next Global Climate Strike. On Friday, September 27th, Vancouverites will stand together with people across the planet to demand climate justice. This global strike is not just for youth - this time, we need EVERYONE to demand dramatic and urgent action against the climate crisis. Vancouver City Hall (Cambie and 12th Avenue) from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Promote the MVA!

We're building our social media presence and need your help! Please like our Facebook page and also take a few minutes to invite your friends to like it!

Good reads

A recent article in America, the Jesuit Review, explores the impact of the decline of organized labour in the United States and the growth of inequality all through the lens of Catholic social teaching. Read The decline of unions is part of a bad 50 years for American workers here.

Amid the urgency of the climate crisis, many of us are experiencing what has been called "eco-grief." An article in The New Republic suggests that solidarity is the answer to the enormous challenge ahead. Read One for all: To avert global catastrophe, we urgently need to resurrect the ancient ideal of solidarity here. 

As humans, we're hardwired to care, but we have to nurture it, writes Vivian Fellegi in Broadview magazine, formerly the United Church Observer. Read The science of empathy here. 

The Georgia Strait published a Labour Day message from MVA leader and president of the Vancouver and District Labour Council Stephen Von Sychowski. Read Unions celebrate Labour Day by calling for a fair Canada for everyone here.

Belonging Amidst the Housing Crisis


RSVP for our Housing Assembly on May 15th here!

Volunteer Opportunities


The Story of MVA

MVA AGM 2019 March 26, 2019


Please join us for the Metro Vancouver Alliance 2018 Annual General Meeting and Delegates’ Assembly.  We will be holding elections for the MVA Board and welcoming new and long-standing member organizations. Please RSVP to attend.

The AGM will review MVA’s active and eventful year campaigning on affordable housing, income justice, accessible transit and social inclusion and set our focus for the coming year.

Help MVA take action on this agenda and plan for the year to come.


Notice of Consultation on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nations Citizenship

Today, the North West Indigenous Council Society (NWIC) has announced that it will undertake a consultation on Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship. This consultation meeting will take place from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Britannia Community Services Centre’s Astorino’s venue, located at 1739 Venables Street in Vancouver.

In June 2018, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a “comprehensive and meaningful consultation” that would involve joint work with First Nations and Indigenous organizations across Canada. The NWIC consultation meeting is part of this larger process that will wrap up on April 3, 2019. The discussions are expected to go beyond Indian Act registration and Band Membership issues and focus on the broader issues associated with self-government and self-determination.

Ms. Claudette Dumont-Smith, Minister Bennett’s Special Representative, will be attending the NWIC consultation. She is lending her expertise to the process concerning the core issues of Indian Registration, Band Membership and First Nation citizenship. Ms. Dumont-Smith is responsible for preparing a final report on the consultation activities, as well as the recommendations that will be used in a report to Parliament that must be tabled by June 12, 2019.

The mandate of NWIC is to enhance, promote, protect and foster the social, economic, educational, cultural, health, well-being and rights of Indigenous Peoples within British Columbia. We embrace and promote the 46 articles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We promote reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and strive to build a unified voice and vision on core issues impacting Indigenous peoples in British Columbia.

For more information contact:
Scott Clark, President
North West Indigenous Council Society
Tel: 604-417-0327

In the Vancouver Sun today

Check out MVA leader Maria Robinson speaking truth to power about HandyDART funding in the Vancouver Sun today! 

"Letters, March 2. HandyDART users still waiting for the premier to 'follow through on his commitment"

Maria Robinson, former co-chair of the transit Research Action Team represented MVA at the provincial budget lock-up last month (new baby in hand).


Member Institutions Accomplishments IAF Northwest


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