British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

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BCANDS selected as 2016 Recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s National Award for Excellence in Health Promotion

The BCANDS Board of Directors and team are very honoured and pleased to have been selected as the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) 2016 recipient of their National Excellence in Health Promotion Award! BCANDS will receive this wonderful hounor at the CMA’s 149th annual meeting held in Vancouver in August, 2016.

The Canadian Medical Association’s National Excellence in Health Promotion Award honours those outside the health sector for activities and initiatives that have contributed to improvements in the health and wellness of Canadians.

Thank you CMA!

For more information please click on the following link: CMA Award – BCANDS



$45 BUS PASS FEE – JUNE 27, 2017

In March 2016, a small group of stakeholders from British Columbia’s disability sector met with the Honourable Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, and senior ministry staff to discuss the February budget announcement and changes to the bus pass program.

During that meeting a number of priority areas were discussed including the elimination of the annual $45 bus pass administration fee.

BCANDS is pleased that the government has now announced the elimination of the $45 annual bus pass administration fee and looks forward to our ongoing work with government, and our sister agencies, to address the other priority areas facing persons with disabilities within British Columbia.

To view the full press release, please click on the link below. Thank you

Press Release – $45 Annual Bus Pass Fee


                                    BCANDS “From the Outside Looking In…”                              2017 Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering 

On November 28th, 29th and 30th, 2017 during the third anniversary of November being declared and proclaimed as “Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month” in British Columbia, BCANDS will host the 2017 “From the Outside Looking In…” – Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering in Victoria, British Columbia.

To learn more about the Gathering please click on the banner below to be taken to the 2017 Gathering website. Want to keep up-to-date on all the Gathering happenings as planning moves forward?  Follow the Gathering on Twitter!

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bcands newest logoWho we are:

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, or as more commonly known, BCANDS, is an Indigenous, award winning, provincial, not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Indigenous population of British Columbia. BCANDS is a “stand alone” organization and the only organization of its type in Canada. Incorporated in 1991, BCANDS celebrates its 25th year of successfully delivering Indigenous disability and health programs and services across British Columbia in 2016.

Indigenous persons in British Columbia and across Canada continue to deal with the generational effects that European contact has had on all aspects of our lives. It is well documented that the health and disability status of Indigenous people in British Columbia and Canada, is significantly lower than that of our non-Indigenous population.

Many Indigenous communities are additionally affected by minimal economical and employment opportunities, community remoteness, limited community access to necessary disability, health and social services, their associated professionals, limited community amenities and so forth.

Demands and expectations placed on Indigenous communities and organizational leadership are high from their membership, with their membership identifying multiple priorities within the community or organization, all of which compete for any available financial resources. Understanding this, leadership within Aboriginal communities and organizations across British Columbia are often forced to make difficult decisions in regard to priority programs, services and specific funding allocations made available.

Due to these important and ever increasing community and organizational needs, specialized disability and health support services may be minimal with only limited resources available to the membership, leaving the individual, their family and support system(s) at times isolated and frustrated.

BCANDS may be able to help.

BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and within British Columbia’s urban and rural centres. If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability, residing within the province of British Columbia, or an on-reserve organization requiring health information / resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist.

Click here to be redirected to our Request for Disability Services Page

Click here to be redirected to our Health Resource / Information and Support Services Centre Page


“BCANDS wishes to respectfully acknowledge the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Nation of Esquimalt on which our main office is located. We further wish to acknowledge those individuals, organizations and communities across British Columbia, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who assist us in our work.”

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