Kitsilano for Inclusivity is a collective of residents, businesses, students, and workers committed to fostering a more affordable, resilient and equitable neighbourhood for all.
Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood (lovingly referred to as "Kits"), has historically been a hub for progressive and counterculture movements. Beginning in the 1960's, Kits gained a reputation for its affordable and "hippy" communities. With its close proximity to beaches, parks and the University of British Columbia, Kitsilano has been called home by renowned artists, activists, environmentalists, and science fiction authors (such as Philip K. Dick!), alike. In more recent years however, rising rates of un-affordability, gentrification and Vancouver's wider housing crisis, have surfaced challenges in the community. Kitsilano for Inclusivity seeks to reinvigorate the neighbourhoods' progressive voices and values, by supporting equitable, just, and forward-looking community visions that build a more resilient, inclusive neighbourhood for all.
Kitsilano for Inclusivity would like to acknowledge Canada's painful history of colonization, and the subsequent forced removal of Indigenous communities whose lands we now occupy, in our work towards just community building. What we now refer to as "Kitsilano" is the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) speaking peoples, who have stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to do so. In moving towards a more equitable future, we strive to work towards a true and meaningful reconciliation.