Vancouver is the midst of an unprecedented affordability crisis. Rapidly rising housing costs and stagnating wages are making it harder and harder to stay in the city we love. And yet, we’re still here.
On August 8th, the citizen-run STAY Campaign, the Vancouver Mural Festival, and SFU Public Square are thrilled to convene dedicated Vancouverites to answer the question «What's keeping you in Vancouver?» in front of the poignant mural by Métis artist JP Langlois and British-born / Pakistan-raised artist Sara Khan.
This community dialogue invites us to discuss what’s keeping us here, what we need to continue to stay, and why Vancouver needs us to thrive. With a municipal election on the horizon, this is a chance to articulate what it will take to ensure there is space for everyone here in Vancouver. This conversation aims to deepen our empathy, strengthen our connections, and emphasize why we need to keep working towards an inclusive city that honours the unceded land it is built upon.
Join us for an open-air dialogue about identity and belonging in Vancouver in the heart of Mount Pleasant.