British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

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JGF Award  Best Practices 2014 - 2015  2014 Deryck Thomson Award  2013 Dr. Nancy Hall Award   2013 BCMA Award  Award

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BUS Pass Changes for PWD’s in British Columbia

On September 1st, 2016 changes to the PWD Bus Pass will come into effect across British Columbia. For more information please visit the following links / documents.

Transportation Support / BC Bus Pass for people receiving disability assistance (MSDSI)

Bus Pass letter sent to PWD’s from Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI)

Bus Pass letter sent to Band Social Development Workers (BSDW) Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) regarding PWD’s residing in BC’s First Nation communities


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 received the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) 2016 National Excellence in Health Promotion Award! BCANDS received this wonderful honour at the CMA’s 149th annual meeting held in Vancouver in August, 2016.

2016 CMA Award


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


                   Assembly of First Nations (AFN) declares November, 2016 as                      Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in Canada!

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has declared November 2016 and all future November’s as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in Canada!

In 2015, the First Nations Summit, the Métis Nation BC and the province of British Columbia all recognized and proclaimed the month. Such recognition specific to Indigenous disability has never been seen before anywhere in the world! In February 2016, Saskatchewan also committed to proclaiming the month in 2016 and in the future!

BCANDS is continuing to work with other provinces, territories and Indigenous leadership organizations across Canada to gain their support and recognition for the month.

AFNClick the AFN logo to see the AFN Indigenous Disability Awareness Month Resolution.


                                    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 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!


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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 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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