BC Without Barriers Initiative

“BC Without Barriers”  – Initiative Launch Date  – Spring, 2015

Assisting Aboriginal Individuals and Families Living with a Disability within  British Columbia”.

stephenBCANDS is calling on communities, organizations and individuals across British Columbia to consider participating in the Society’s “BC Without Barriers” initiative to raise awareness and resources to assist Aboriginal individuals and families living with a disability within our communities.

The Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) population of British Columbia is the second highest in Canada, with British Columbia enjoying the highest number of First Nation communities within the Nation. In 2011, according to the National Household Survey, over 232,000 individuals residing within British Columbia identified as being Aboriginal.

As reported by Employment and Social Development Canada in 2011, “The disability rate among Canadian Aboriginal people is higher than the overall disability rate. Regardless of age, Aboriginal Canadians are more likely to have disabilities than Canadians who are not Aboriginal”.

In 2012, 13.7% of Canadians reported living with a disability. Research has shown that 30% of Aboriginal adults report living with a disability and that Aboriginal adults, aged 15 to 34, have a disability rate that is three times the national rate for the same age group.

Knowing this, we can conservatively estimate that within British Columbia there are over 50,000 Aboriginal persons who live with a disability.

Aboriginal people, racialized communities and persons living with disabilities all continue to face higher barriers as it relates to economic inclusion (lower employment rates / living in poverty) which in turn, is correlated to decreased overall well-being, lower educational attainment rates and lower levels of social inclusion.

Understanding these factors, we see that the disabled Aboriginal population of British Columbia represent a marginalized population within an already marginalized population and have become the “invisible members” within the provinces disability sector, with minimal understanding of the difficulties, limited resources and the jurisdictional and mandate issues that are experienced by this important segment of our population.

You can help. We are requesting your support of this initiative through your community’s, your organization or your individual donation of $200 to the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society. All donations received will be utilized to assist in the provision of current and expanded disability related support services for Aboriginal individuals and families living with a disability within British Columbia.

Each community supporting this initiative will be issued an official tax receipt (Charity # 896694098RR0001) and will have their support highlighted on the BCANDS website, through the BCANDS Facebook Page and on the Society’s Twitter Account. It is our hope to gain annual support from across British Columbia and illustrate across Canada and beyond, British Columbia’s solidarity and commitment to the success and well-being of these very important members of our communities.

Additionally, if you chose to support our initiative, we would request, if possible, that you email a short video clip from your community, organization or yourself saying

(Your name) supports BC without Barriers…… join us (or me)”

Please be as creative as you wish with the message, involving as many people as you want, but we would request that you keep it the total length of the video under 50 MB, due to the limitations of our website. Your video can be sent to exdir@bcands.bc.ca and will be uploaded on our website.

Your support can be sent to:

BC Without Barriers – BCANDS                                                                                   Attention Finance Manager – 1179 Kosapsum Crescent                                                     Victoria, British Columbia – V9A 7K7

For further information, please call us at (250) 381 – 7303 ext. 208                                    or toll free at: 1 888 – 815 – 5511

Thank you!

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2015 – Supporters of the BC without Barriers Initiative * Videos and webpages may take a few moments to load

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esquilmalt Township of Esquimalt

Thank you to our friends at the Township of Esquimalt, BC for your support and donation to BC without Barriers and assisting to make positive changes in the lives of Aboriginal persons living with a disability!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this exceptional community!

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Embedded image permalink  District of North Saanich

Thank you to the District of North Saanich, BC for your support of BC without Barriers!!! Please click on the the Districts Crest above to learn more about this great community!

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Canada Office for Disability Issues

Click on the logo above to view the letter from Nancy Milroy-Swainson, Director General – Office for Disability Issues.

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PR  Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society 

Thank you to our friends at the Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society  for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on the PRACSS logo above to learn more about this great organization!

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tp T.R. Power & Associates Inc.

Thank you to T.R. Power & Associates Inc. for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on the picture above to learn more about T.R. Power & Associates Inc. and their great work!

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Lyackson First Nation  Lyackson First Nation

Thank you to the Lyackson First Nation for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on the picture above to learn more about their Nation and Valdes Island, the centre of their community!

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Creston Logo Town of Creston

Thank you to the Town of Creston, BC for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this great community!

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City of North Vancouver  City of North Vancouver

Thank you to the City of North Vancouver, BC for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this great city!

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CLBC   clbc  CLBC

Click the picture above to see Community Living British Columbia’s (CLBC)           “BC Without Barriers” message and click on their logo to learn more about their great work!

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cowichan  Cowichan Tribes

Thank you to the Cowichan Tribes for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Click on their logo to learn more about British Columbia’s largest First Nation Band!

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City of Langford City of Langford

Thank you to the City of Langford, BC for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this awesome city!

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  Esquimalt - BC Without Barriers     Esquimalt Nation    Esquimalt Nation

Click the picture above to see the Esquimalt Nation’s “BC Without Barriers” message and click on their logo to learn more about their great Nation!

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fernie City of Fernie

Thank you to the City of Fernie, BC for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this awesome city!

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McGuire and Associates        Mcguire   McGuire and Associates

Click the picture above to see McGuire & Associates Family & Community Support Services “BC Without Barriers” message and click on their logo to learn more about their work!

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Checkers Bookkeeping

Click the picture above to see the Checker’s Bookkeeping “BC Without Barriers” Message

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Ogopogo

Thank you to DT Davies and Associates Inc. of Kelowna, BC for your support and donation!!  They didn’t send a video, so the Ogopogo will have to do!

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  District of Sparwood

Thank you to the District of Sparwood, BC for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this great community!

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Thank you to the Sc’ianew ( Beecher Bay) First Nation for your support and donation to BC without Barriers!! Please click on their logo to learn more about this great Nation!

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