We are an alliance of diverse organizations fighting for the common good.
Our organizations include community associations, unions, multi-faith congregations and environmental groups. We know we must collaborate to tackle the issues we face today.
MVA is a local affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, an international not-for-profit Saul Alinsky founded that has helped communities organizer for justice for over 80 years. MVA is one of 14 regional affiliates in the IAF Northwest.
We recognize that MVA conducts its business on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
We are committed to respectfully and appropriately engaging with those First Nations communities and governments in regional strategies, decision-making, and shared interests.
The Story of MVA
This video, produced in the spring of 2014, just before our Founding Assembly, explains the IAF model and goes into a bit of background about how MVA came to be. We've come a long way since then!
Liam Maclure published Delegates Assembly - Annual General Meeting 2021 in Events 2021-04-08 16:01:53 -0700
Calling all Metro Vancouver Alliance member organizations!
This Alliance is YOUR ALLIANCE.
Metro Vancouver Alliance is in a cyclical period of re-organizing, new development and visioning. Many of you have been part of our rebuilding this year – but if you haven’t, we welcome you!
The MVA Board of Directors invites you to be part of our next Annual General Meeting for fiscal year 2020:
SUNDAY MAY 16, 2021
RSVP below to register
The meeting will include elections for the Board of Directors (see MVA Board Vacancies and Eligibility). Our Alliance exists to organize and strategize for the needs and aspirations of all our civil society organizations. But that can only happen when we come together to move the conversation forward.
See you there!
Please note: At least two people from each member organization are encouraged to participate. RSVP to register on our website or by email. Zoom video conference log-in information and agenda will be provided the week prior. Please indicate the organization you represent when you register.WHENMay 16, 2021 at 2pmWHEREZoom
'Wrestling With The Truth of Decolonization' Training
In 2021 we will be facilitating decolonization workshops led by Indigenous leaders and elders. Participants will wrestle with the role settler people and institutions play in maintaining systems that disadvantage Indigenous people.
The trainings are available for members in our organizations and will be taking place over the course of this year.
We are currently recruiting applicants for a project coordinator position for these workshops. If you are interested in applying, please send your cover letter and CV to [email protected]
Member Organization Campaigns
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- Won commitments from four Vancouver Mayors to address the affordable housing crisis on the North Shore
- Advocated successfully for legislation for poverty reduction.
- Excerpt from report “In 2017, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver stood before 800 MVA leaders and committed to legislate a poverty reduction strategy. This week, the legislation passed unanimously.”
- Won commitment from City of Vancouver to be a living wage employer. North Vancouver followed suit in March 2021.
- Won commitment from BC NDP to commit resources for community healthcare centres
- Vancouver government committed to developing innovative solutions to social isolation
- Won government commitments for improved transit services and handyDART funding
- Built a powerful alliance representing over 700,000 BC residents
- Trained over 800 local leaders in the basics of community organizing
Liam Maclure published We Are an Alliance of Diverse Organisations in News 2021-04-06 13:21:51 -0700
Metro Vancouver Alliance is an alliance of 25 community groups, labour, faith and educational institutions.
We build relationships across religious, racial, class, and neighborhood lines, and knit them together to create positive change in our communities.