Urban Indigenous Strategy

Youth Representative Recruitment Opportunity

We are looking for an Indigenous youth to join the Coordinating Circle to develop the City of Hamilton's first Urban Indigenous Strategy. Criteria to apply:

  • Be between the age of 15 to 24 and reside in Hamilton
  • Self-identify as Indigenous
  • Want to develop leadership skills on a large project
  • Support positive role-modelling
  • Have volunteer or relevant experience with the Indigenous community in Hamilton

For more information and to submit your application please email nicole.jones@hamilton.ca or call (905) 546-2424 ext 7552.
Deadline to apply is February 26, 2018


Woman walking in the forest, a bird sculpture in stone, and an illustration of a strawberry

The City of Hamilton recognizes and acknowledges that we are located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The City is developing an Urban Indigenous Strategy that will identify actions to strengthen the City’s relationship with the Indigenous community. The strategy will help promote a better understanding among all residents about Indigenous histories, cultures, experiences and contributions.   

Why is this important?

  • To carry out the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at the local level.
  • Our Future Hamilton community vision includes key directions regarding Indigenous cultures and knowledge.
  • City Council approved the Aboriginal Justice Strategy in 2015 acknowledging Indigenous peoples as the original peoples of this area.
  • We recognize many of the national issues that impact Indigenous peoples locally such as missing and murdered Indigenous women and the legacy of Indian residential schools.

How will the strategy be developed?

Throughout the development of the strategy there will be opportunities to participate or provide feedback:

December 2016 to December 2017

  • Review reports and research.
  • Promote and participate in community events.
  • Raise awareness of this new work within the Indigenous community and with all Hamilton residents.
  • Establish governance and guiding principles.
  • Community members will be brought together to provide advice (a partnership circle), and drive the work (a coordinating circle).

January to August 2018

  • Form working circles to focus on main areas of strategy.
  • Conduct further community consultation and engagement through workshops or public events. 
  • Findings will shape the strategy.

September to December 2018

  • Confirm and finalize the findings and recommended actions.
  • Share the strategy.
  • Evaluate the process and identify the path for implementation.

How Can I Be Involved?

Throughout the development of the strategy there will be opportunities to participate or provide feedback:

  • Join our mailing list
  • Attend community events, workshops, surveys or public education campaigns
  • Educate yourself and raise awareness among your family and friends about Indigenous histories and experiences
  • Invite us to speak to your organization or committee about the development of the strategy.

Shining light on the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 to Saturday, March 24, 2018
(All day)
McMaster Museum of Art, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton

Presented in partnership with the Indigenous Art Centre, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Hamilton Urban Indigenous Strategy: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Monday, March 19, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Central Branch, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an experiential teaching tool.

Contact us

Shylo Elmayan
Senior Project Manager, Urban Indigenous Strategy
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4081
Email: shylo.elmayan@hamilton.ca