Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee

Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee (SUILC) acknowledges that they are on the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Twawassen First Nations lands.


This committee is about the City of Surrey’s response to the truth and reconciliation recommendations. This committee was created in 2015 to guide the Surrey Urban Indigenous Social Innovation Strategy. The committee is comprised of Aboriginal Service providers, various health authorities, the City of Surrey, other Aboriginal health services, Aboriginal Housing Societies, Metis Nation, MCFD, and various Educational Institutions both Public Schools and Post Secondary.

Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee Strategic Objectives are:

  1. Create and strengthen partnerships that will benefit urban Indigenous people.
  2. Expand the urban Indigenous leadership capacity in Surrey.
  3. Improve and grow programs and services for urban Indigenous people.
  4. Increase education and understanding about the urban Indigenous community in Surrey.
  5. Increase funding for urban Indigenous programs and services.

Vision and Mission

SUILC’s Vision is a city that values Indigenous contributions to city life. A city that is committed to working towards reconciliation at all levels. A city where every Indigenous person has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The mission of the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee is to be the collective voice of the urban Indigenous population in Surrey. The Committee will advocate on behalf of all urban Indigenous people in Surrey and work collaboratively with other governments, organizations, and individuals that are committed to understanding and achieving the vision of the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee.

Current Working Groups:

  • Education and Awareness Building
  • Indigenous Child Poverty
  • Indigenous Spaces in the City
  • Leadership Capacity
  • Protocol Working Group

The Chair is Councillor Vera LeFranc.

The Co-chair is Sheldon Tetreault.

Aileen Murphy, Senior Social Planner with the City of Surrey

Kristin Patten, Social Planner City of Surrey

I am optimistic because not only have I lived in Surrey for close to 20 years, but I am also trying to start a society within Surrey. Would like to see how they create and strengthen partnerships, how they expand the urban Indigenous leadership capacity in Surrey, how they will improve and grow programs and services for the Indigenous Population that lives in surrey and how they work to increase funding for urban Indigenous programs and services.

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