November Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month
Prince George, B.C. – The province of British Columbia has declared November Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month.
The Province says the declaration is in recognition of the contributions of Aboriginal people living with disabilities in communities throughout B.C.
The same resolution has already been passed by the First Nations Summit and the Métis Nation British Columbia.
The First Nations Summit declared the month to promote and enhance awareness of Aboriginal disability issues and encourage inclusivity in communities through recognition of the contributions of Aboriginal people with disabilities within British Columbia.
Victoria is working with 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 Aboriginal people with disabilities’ ability to participate fully in B.C. communities.
According to the provincial government there are nearly 550,000 British Columbians that self-identify as having a disability.
From December, 2013 to March, 2014 the provincial government held a public consultation on what government, business 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, government’s 10-year action plan on accessibility.