Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)

Formed in:  2008
Communities served:  

Indigenous people
people living in the DTES
Indigenous people who are homeless.


The Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC) was founded in 2008 to respond to the urban Aboriginal community’s desire for a more collaborative, strategic, and unified voice across Metro Vancouver. MVAEC was incorporated as a society in 2009 and currently includes 22 diverse Aboriginal non-profit organizations operating throughout Metro Vancouver. Alongside these organizations, MVAEC works to positively influence outcomes for the urban Aboriginal community through strategic planning, community engagement, and advocacy on issues of collective concern to its members. MVAEC will leverage these strong connections to a wide variety of community-based organizations to ensure that the community plan is truly representative of the needs and capacities of the Metro Vancouver community.”

MVAEC is a not-for-profit organization that is overseen by a Board of Directors that provides governance leadership to the organization. The MCAEC CEO provides day-to-day leadership and direction to staff, programs and services. “
Lived/Living experience

The Indigenous Peers Advisory Committee (IPAC) was formed in 2019. The committee addresses current merging trends and social issues in the downtown east side that relate to drug overdose. The group meet once a month and consists of frontline workers, administrative support and cultural workers. Through each member’s capacity, they report the trends and issues to the group and collaborate a strategic response.

Overview of Overdose Response Work:
• Supporting Indigenous lead initiatives in the DTES
• Facilitating a forum for culture and ceremony
• Involving Indigenous peers and Elders


100 – 2732 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z9

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