British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

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

On November 29th, 29th and 30th 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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Stephen GG 2016

Above – BCANDS Board President Stephen Lytton with his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston – Governor General of Canada, receiving the Caring Canadian Award on March 4th, 2016.


BCANDS 2016 Vancouver Island Disability and Wellness Gathering 

The 2016 Gathering ended on February 24th, 2016 and we sincerely thank all delegates, volunteers, vendors, sponsors and presenters in attendance. Please click on the  images below to see some of the Gathering happenings.           Minister Michelle Stilwell - Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation

Click on image to see Minister Stilwell’s message to the Gathering (a new window will open and you will be re-directed to BCANDS YouTube site)


Minister Carla Qualtrough - Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Click on image to see Minister Qualtrough’s message to the Gathering (a new window will open and you will be re-directed to BCANDS YouTube site)


Flag_of_SaskatchewanProvince of Saskatchewan to declare November 2016 and all future Novembers as “Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month” within the province!

Great Job Saskatchewan!

Click on the link below to view the confirmation letter from Saskatchewan’s Minister of Social ServicesThe Honourable Donna Harpauer.

Government of Saskatchewan – Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month 2016

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         November 2015 Proclaimed Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month!!!

November 2015 has been declared Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month in British Columbia by the BC First Nation Summit, the Métis Nation BC and the Province of British Columbia! The proclamation of November as Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month is the first such proclamation / recognition of its kind in Canada and we believe the world!

The proclamation of November as Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month will assist in raising awareness and knowledge of the unique issues facing Indigenous individuals and families living with a disability and a venue to help celebrate and recognize the contributions and value Indigenous persons living with a disability bring to our communities and province on a daily basis.

The rate of disabilities within the Indigenous population of Canada is twice that of the national rate seeing the disability rate among young adults almost three times higher for Indigenous people than for non-Indigenous people

Please click on the links below to learn more about this exciting and ground breaking announcement! 

FN Summit Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month Resolution

MNBC proclaims November 2015 as Aboriginal Disability Awarness Month

Province proclaims Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month  


BCANDS recipient of the March of Dimes Canada – 2015 Judge George Ferguson National Award!!!

071BCANDS is very pleased and honoured to have been selected for this truly great honor and accepted the award on September 30th in Toronto!!

The March of Dimes Canada Judge George Ferguson Award was created in 1981 and named in honour of Former March of Dimes President Judge George Ferguson. The award is presented annually to a recipient who contributes in an outstanding way by enabling equality and full community participation for people with disabilities throughout Canada.

March of Dimes Canada Celebration

Thank you March of Dimes Canada!


bcands newest logoWho 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 Indigenous population of British Columbia. BCANDS is a “stand alone” organization and the only organization of its type in Canada. Incorporated in 1991, BCANDS enjoys over 24 years of successfully delivering Indigenous disability and health programs and services across British Columbia.

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 clients 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 organizations and communities across British Columbia, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who assist us in our work.”

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