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Who we are:
The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, or as more commonly known, BCANDS, is an award winning, provincial, not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Aboriginal population of British Columbia. BCANDS is a “stand alone” organization and the only organization of its type in Canada.
Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal people in British Columbia and Canada, is significantly lower than that of our non-Aboriginal population. Many Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 clients and organizations, both within Aboriginal communities and within British Columbia’s urban and rural centres. If you are an Aboriginal 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.
Long time BCANDS Board Member and supporter, Mr. Frazer Smith announced his retirement from the Board of Directors earlier this month and we wish him much success, health and happiness and thank him sincerely for his many years of service to the Society!. Frazer will continue to remain active within the Tsartlip Nation though continuing to volunteer with both the Nation’s Men’s Group and Elder’s programs. Huy tseep q’u Frazer!
December 3rd, 2013
B.C. marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the launch of a provincewide consultation on issues facing people with disabilities in British Columbia.
The consultation, which is being held online and face-to-face in communities throughout the province, is led by a leadership team representing the disability and business communities working alongside government. Two advisory groups, the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility, and the Presidents Group, are in place to help drive the conversation.
Feedback from the consultation will inform the development of a white paper, a document that will reflect public feedback and ideas. The paper will be shared at a provincial summit in June 2014 that will bring together a diverse group of leaders to develop strategies and actions for addressing the issues facing people with disabilities in British Columbia.
The Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility was established in February 2012, with business, community and family representatives, to find innovative solutions to increase employment and improve supports for people with disabilities.
The Presidents Group is an advisory committee to government comprised of business leaders who will create a network of influential business leaders in B.C. to champion advice, employment and consumer opportunities and improved outcomes for people with disabilities.
Dec. 3, 2013 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- B.C. starts public consultation
March 11, 2014 – Anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- B.C.’s public consultation period will close at 4 p.m.
- B.C. will release the Disability White Paper
- A provincial summit will bring together disability, business, government and community representatives to develop strategies and actions to make B.C. a leader in reducing barriers and increasing accessibility for people living with disabilities in B.C.
Visit the Disability White Paper Consultation website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/
View and use the consultation video: http://youtu.be/1PtxfqNv_Os
BCANDS and Vancouver Island First Nation’s – National Visitability Project
BCANDS, the Esquimalt Nation, the Tsartlip First Nation and the Beecher Bay (Sc’ianew) First Nation are involved in a national Visistability Project being conducted by the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies.
For more information on the project please visit: http://visitablehousingcanada.com/
Métis Federation of Canada
In November, 2013 the Métis Federation of Canada launched their new website with their Registrar’s Office open for membership.
Canada’s Métis are mixed blood people who have their own language, flag, songs and stories and who enjoy exciting traditions and a proud history.
For more information on the Métis or to register for membership, please visit the Federations website, commencing November 15th, at www.metisfederationofcanada.ca
Many of the world’s one billion persons living with a disability remain excluded from development in areas such as education, employment and healthcare. As a result, they experience higher rates of poverty and unemployment, and lower life-expectancy than the general population.
Disability remained invisible
Despite the support of the Convention, disability has remained largely invisible in most mainstream development agenda and processes. Even if the commitment to development includes people with disabilities, a considerable gap remains between the commitment and what happens on the ground. The international community as well as individual governments are committed to achieve development goals for all, but a perspective of disability and concerns of persons with disabilities were too often absent in development frameworks and processes.
Without taking actions such as allocating resources, developing disability-inclusive policies and programmes, as well as monitoring and evaluating progress, disability will be left out of development.
British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) recipient of the 2013 British Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division’s Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award
It is with great pleasure that the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) announces that the Society has been selected as a recipient for the 2013 – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – BC Division’s Annual Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy and Leadership Award. The Dr. Hall award is the highest honour that the CMHA bestows on an organization or individual within British Columbia. BCANDS received the award on September 20th, 2013.
The CMHA’s Dr. Hall Award recognizes an individual or group in BC that has influenced mental health policy and contributed to positive mental health.
BCANDS is sincerely grateful for this honour and thanks the CMHA selection committee for their recognition of the work performed by our team within our health and disability programs and services and through our involvement on various local, regional and provincial, health and disability advisory committees. .
The Board of Directors, senior management and BCANDS team would like to recognize and thank each of our funding and partner agencies, our communities and our clients for their support and collaboration over the years, without which, this honour would not be possible.
For more information on the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – BC Division and the Dr. Nancy Hall Award please visit their website at: http://www.cmha.bc.ca/get-informed/events/cmha-bc-60th-annual-general-meeting
British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) recipient of the 2013 British Columbia Medical Association’s Council on Health Promotion Award of Excellence
It is with great pleasure that the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) announces that the Society has been selected as a recipient for the 2013 – British Columbia Medical Association’s (BCMA), 14th Annual Council on Health Promotion Award of Excellence within the Non-profit Sector. BCANDS received the award on June 1st, 2013.
The BCMA’s Council on Health Promotion Award of Excellence recognize individuals and organizations working to improve the health and safety of British Columbians by celebrating those who demonstrate leadership in health promotion. Nominations received by the BCMA are judged against the degree to which they promote the health and/or safety of people in British Columbia and demonstrate “health promotion” as defined by the World Health Organization.
BCANDS feels sincerely privileged for this honour and thanks the BCMA selection committee for their recognition of our services and our selection for this prestigious award.
The Board of Directors, senior management and staff of BCANDS would like to thank each of our funding and partner agencies, our communities and our clients for their support and collaboration over the years and to say that we look forward to our continued and expanded work together into the future.
For more information on the British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA) please visit their website at: https://www.bcma.org/news/bcs-doctors-recognize-excellence-health-promotion
“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 organizations and communities across British Columbia, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who assist us in our work.”