About the Sanctuary City Movement

Sanctuary and Solidarity City movements have spread across North America/Turtle Island we seek to collaborate with communities and service providers in the Coast Salish Territories (Greater Vancouver) to create safer access to services for all people based on need rather than status. This webpage is a service to the movement acting as a site to share the Sanctuary City principles, organizations who have endorsed them, as well as other resources.

This webpage is operated by Sanctuary Health, a grassroots community group that deploys direct action, movement-building, community-engagement, and direct support strategies to advocate for access to services for all regardless of immigration status or documentation.

Here are some things you can do to carry the movement:

    1. Share the Sanctuary City Principles. Please share these widely with your co-workers, your friends, and your extended networks.
    2. Hold your own meetings in the spaces where you are connected. Start conversations about the idea of Sanctuary Cities, build interest and commitment, and learn who you can work with to organize those around you.
    3. Ask your workplace, community or faith-based groups, and any service providers you know to endorse the principles and commit to working towards them. Endorsements can be sent to sanctuaryhealthvancouver@gmail.com.