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We have moved! Effective August 1st, 2017, the BCANDS offices are no longer located on the Esquimalt Nation. Our new address / location is:
#6 – 1610 Island Highway – Victoria, British Columbia – V9B 1H8
On January 30th, 2018, the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) was recommended for Special Consultative Status to the United Nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Special Consultative Status will provide the Society a new opportunity to present Indigenous disability issues to a global audience and work collectively for the advancement of the same.
The Economic and Social Council is the principal organ that coordinates the economic, social and related work of the 14 United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.
ECOSOC may grant Consultative Status to organizations whose work are of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations. Having Consultative Status will allow BCANDS the opportunity to provide expert analysis on Indigenous disability issues including serving as an early warning agent; assisting to monitor and implement international agreements, including but not limited to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD); raise public awareness of relevant issues within the disability and Indigenous sector; make written and oral statements and so forth. BCANDS will be required to submit a report of our activities every 4 years, known as the quadrennial report, which includes information about the contributions of the Society to the work of the United Nations.
Special Consultative Status with the United Nations also allows the Society to designate specific BCANDS representatives for annual access to United Nations facilities in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
We look forward to our new relationship with the United Nations and our continued work within the Indigenous disability sector of Canada and the world!.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
In partnership with PLAN Institute, BCANDS is developing a new Indigenous Safe and Secure Book. We are looking for Indigenous persons living with a disability to be a part of it! Please click on the poster below for more information and please distribute through your networks! Thank you!
Are you an Indigenous person living with disabilities, a family member or health or disability worker looking for BCANDS on-line request for Disability Case Management Services? If yes, please click HERE.
Are you a Band Social Development Worker (BSDW) looking for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) or the Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS) forms? If yes, please click HERE for the PWD forms and HERE for the MNS forms.
Are you an Indigenous person living with a disability or a family member and looking for assistance in enrolling in the Registrar Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)? If yes, please contact the BCANDS Indigenous RDSP Navigator Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 1-888-815-5511 ext. 204. or in the capital region at 250-381-7303 ext. 204.
Are you a First Nations organizational looking for information or support? If yes, please contact the BCANDS Support Services Centre at email@example.com or call toll free 1-888-815-5511 or in the capital region at 250-381-7303.
Who we are:
The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, or as more commonly known, BCANDS, is an award winning, provincial, Indigenous 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 celebrated its 25th year of successfully delivering Indigenous disability and health programs and services across British Columbia in 2016.
Indigenous persons residing 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. The Indigenous population of Canada experience a disability rate twice that of the general population, at approximately 30%.
Additionally, many Indigenous communities are affected by minimal economical and employment opportunities, remoteness, accessibility barriers, transportation issues, limited access to necessary disability, health and social services and their associated professionals, limited community amenities and so forth, all of which impact their memberships ability to reach their full social and economic inclusion.
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 Indigenous communities and organizations across British Columbia and Canada are often forced to make difficult decisions in regard to the delivery of programs, services and specific funding allocations made available.
Due to these competing and ever increasing community and organizational needs, specialized disability and health support services available may be minimal, with only limited resources provided to the membership. This situation often leaves the individual requiring services / support, their family and their support system(s) with feelings of isolation, frustration and hopelessness.
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. Please click on the links below to be taken to the
“BCANDS wishes to respectfully acknowledge the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people 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.”