The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

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        Inaugural BCANDS Indigenous Partnership Award Presented at BCAND 25th Anniversary and Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month Celebration!

On November 9th, 2016 BCANDS was pleased to host friends, partners and colleagues to celebrate BCANDS 25th anniversary and the 2nd anniversary of Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month being proclaimed in BC.

As part of the celebration, BCANDS was very pleased and honoured to present Molly Harrington the 2016 BCANDS Indigenous Partnership Award.  The BCANDS Indigenous Partnership Award was established by the BCANDS Board of Directors to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated their commitment in creating positive change within the Indigenous disability sector through their work and their actions.

Molly has been, and continues to be, a driving force in British Columbia, working in partnership with BCANDS and other agencies to see positive changes within the province’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous disability sectors. Molly’s dedication, professionalism and sincere desire to make a difference made her selection as the first recipient of this award a very easy and obvious decision for Board.

The inscription on Molly’s award reads:

“In recognition of your exceptional support and partnership with BCANDS and to your dedicated service to all persons living with disabilities.”

Congratulations again Molly, well deserved, and thanks to all who were able to attend and make the day a very memorable and great event!

BCANDS Board President Stephen Lytton and recipient of the BCANDS 2016 Indigenous Partnership Award, Molly Harrington!

BCANDS 2016 Indigenous Partnership Award presented to Molly Harrington

A better looking group of people have never been assembled!

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November 2016 – 2nd Anniversary of Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month

November 2016 marks the second anniversary of Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month in British Columbia! Please click on the images and links below to learn about the month!

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BC Government’s News Release – Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month

BC First Nations Summit – Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month

Assembly of First Nations – Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

Government of Saskatchewan – Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month

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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 rdsp1@bcands.bc.ca 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 health information or support? If yes, please contact the BCANDS Health Information Resources and Support Services Centre  at rsw@bcands.bc.ca or call toll free 1-888-815-5511 or in the capital region at 250-381-7303.

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                                    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 “Indigenous 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 for the event moves forward?  Follow the Gathering on Twitter!

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Click on the AFN logo to view the AFN Resolution of Support for the 2017 Gathering!

FN Summit

Click on the First Nations Summit logo to view Grand Chief Edward John’s Letter of Support for the 2017 Gathering!


bcands newest logoWho 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

Click to be redirected to our on-line Request for Disability Services Page

Click to be redirected to our Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Page

Click to be redirected to our Monthly Nutritional Supplements (MNS) Page

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

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“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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