Aboriginal disability month

The provincial government has declared November as Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month in recognition of the contributions of aboriginal people living with disabilities in communities throughout B.C.

The First Nations Summit and the Métis Nation British Columbia have also passed resolutions declaring November as Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month.

The summit declared the month to promote and enhance awareness of the disability issues and encourage inclusivity in communities through recognition of the contributions of aboriginal people with disabilities within British Columbia.

“Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month recognizes the barriers aboriginal people with disabilities can face in their daily lives," said Michelle Stilwell, minister of social development and social innovation. "All British Columbians have the right to participate fully in their communities and as part of Accessibility 2024, we are working to make all B.C. communities more inclusive and welcoming to people of all abilities.”

The government is working with aboriginal communities, disability organizations like the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) and individuals with disabilities and their families to reduce the barriers that can affect people with disabilities' ability to participate fully in B.C. communities.

During 2013-14, BCANDS and other disability organizations assisted the government in designing and implementing a public consultation on what government, businesses and communities can do to reduce barriers and increase accessibility for people living with disabilities.

Themes that emerged from the public consultation – ranging from employment to accessible service delivery – make up the 12 building blocks of Accessibility 2024, the government’s 10-year action plan on accessibility.

Events will be held throughout the month.


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