Climate Justice Charter for Vancouver (Jan 2022 - PRESENT)
Along with collaborators Luna Aixin, Ginger Gosnell-Myers, and Andrea Oakunsheyld, Keltie Craig Consulting supported the City of Vancouver Climate Equity Working Group (CEWG) to develop the first Climate Justice Charter for Vancouver. This involved designing and delivering a meaningful, respectful engagement process to surface the ideas and insights of the resident-led CEWG as well as integrating feedback from Indigenous community members and other equity-denied groups. KCC integrated the directions arising from this engagement into a compelling and visionary Charter, which received full sign-off by members of the CEWG as well as the support of the Host Nations.
KCC will be working with City of Vancouver staff in early 2023 to integrate the community-led Charter within City policy and practices, and introduce it to staff and Council.
Housing sector research & engagement
Municipal equity policy research (Jan - Mar 2022)
As part of YWCA Metro Vancouver's City Shift policy advocacy work, Keltie Craig Consulting was hired to undertake a policy scan of lower mainland municipalities, drawing on GBA+ (Gender-based Analysis). In collaboration with Luna Aixin, Andrea Oakunsheyld, and Lara Therrien Boulos, the team reviewed existing municipal equity strategies, corporate and strategic plans, and housing strategies for 16 municipalities. The resulting report highlighted opportunities and analyzed gaps to produce high-level advocacy recommendations to assist the YWCA in the next phase of the project.
Equity Framework Best pRactice Research
Surrey Equity Analysis (July - DEC 2021)
Under the leadership of Licker Geospatial, Keltie Craig Consulting provided advising services to support an examination of social equity indicators in the Surrey area. Following this, KCC helped design and deliver a workshop to share this information at the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition annual forum.
Green Home Retrofit Stakeholder Engagement (July - Dec 2021)
Keltie Craig Consulting in collaboration with Kevin Kapenda undertook stakeholder interviews to uncover interests, barriers and challenges related to home energy retrofits. Keltie synthesized the findings to produce themes and trends that will inform future development of green building policy in Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver Regional District - Social Equity & Regional Growth STUDY (July 2020 - January 2021)
Keltie Craig Consulting, in collaboration with Luna Aixin Consulting, Kevin Kapenda, and Licker Geospatial, was hired by Metro Vancouver to conduct a study on social equity in the Metro Vancouver region. This included gathering quantitative data in the form of equity baseline indicators to produce a regional Inequity Index. The team also gathered qualitative data in the form of Listening and Learning engagement sessions with people with lived experiences of inequity, to understand how long-range regional land use plans can support greater social equity.
In response to these findings, Keltie produced priority areas for action, and created the Social Equity Analysis Tool (SEAT), a framework for applying equity considerations to policy development. The recommendations from this study were used to inform Metro 2050, the regional growth strategy.
TRANSLINK - Transportation SOCIAL EQUITY STUDY & SEAT LAB (JULY 2020 - August 2021)
TransLink hired Keltie Craig Consulting and collaborators to mirror the Metro Vancouver Social Equity Study, integrating regional transportation planning into the process. Following the completion of the Transportation Social Equity Study, Keltie and fellow collaborators Austin Lui and Kevin Kapenda developed the SEAT Lab to test the SEAT framework on actual draft policy. During this process, a group of 15 participants from TransLink and partner organizations learned, reflected, and analyzed equity impacts together through a series of six workshops.
Drawing on insights and findings from the Equity Study and SEAT Lab, the consulting team then provided a social equity analysis of the draft Regional Transportation Strategy (RTS), Transport 2050, providing policy and language recommendations.
Finally, KCC together with collaborators Luna Aixin, Austin Lui and Kevin Kapenda designed and hosted a workshop with equity-denied stakeholders to connect the dots between what was heard during the initial Social Equity Study engagement and the resulting RTS policy, and to listen to how the draft actions resonated with participants.
"The SEAT Lab workshops I participated in were the most personally and professionally impactful exercise I’ve been a part of."
- SEAT Lab participant Vanessa Day
CEDAR COTTAGE FOOD NETWORK - STRATEGIC PLANNING