BCANDS National Indigenous Federal Accessibility Legislation Consultation

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                               BCANDS “From the Outside Looking In…”                              2018 Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering 

On November 26th, 27th and 28th, 2018 during the fourth anniversary of November being declared and proclaimed as “Indigenous Disability Awareness Month” in British Columbia BCANDS will host the 2018 “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 2018 Gathering website. Want to keep up-to-date on all the Gathering happenings as planning moves forward?  Follow the Gathering on Twitter!


Canadians, communities and workplaces benefit when everyone can participate equally in everyday life. The Government of Canada has committed to developing new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

Many Indigenous Canadians continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate fully in their communities. Some of these barriers may include:

  • physical barriers within community;
  • transportation;
  • access to information or technology;
  • lack of / inadequate disability related programs / supports
  • attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions about Indigenous persons living with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
  • outdated policies and practices affecting services to Indigenous persons living with disabilities within community

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Through a funding agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) BCANDS is engaging Indigenous communities, Indigenous individuals and families living with disabilities, service providers and provincial and federal governments in relation to the new Federal Accessibility Legislation for their input, expertise and direction for the new legislation.


(Pictured above: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough Federal Minister of Sport and Disability with BCANDS Board President Stephen Lytton at the Victoria, BC, community accessibility consultation)

Throughout 2017 – 2018 BCANDS will be actively contacting and meeting with the Indigenous sector and we could use your help. Please take the time to complete one of our surveys and share the surveys with your contacts, your input is vital.

Click to HERE view the BCANDS January 2017 – March 2017 Accessibility Consultation report.

Please click on the relevant link below to access the BCANDS Accessibility Survey

BCANDS Government Accessibility Legislation Survey

BCANDS Indigenous Community Accessibility Legislation Survey

If you wish to speak directly to the BCANDS Accessibility Coordinator please call toll free at 1-888-815-5511 ext. 212 or if calling from from the Victoria Capital Region (250) 381 – 7303 ext 212. You can contact us by email at accessibility@bcands.bc.ca

Information on the accessibility legislation and the processes to date by the federal government can be seen by following the link below.

Federal Accessibility Consultation – Government of Canada


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