Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM)

Indigenous people in Canada experience a disability rate significantly higher than that of the general population. Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) brings awareness of these barriers and issues that Indigenous peoples and their families living with disabilities face every day. More importantly, we celebrate their achievements and recognize the significant and valuable contributions they make to our communities socially, economically, and culturally.

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) was created by BCANDS in 2015, and 2020 is the 6th anniversary! Since then, IDAM is now annually declared and recognized by the Provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, the Assembly of First Nations, BC First Nations Summit, Métis Nation of BC, Council of Yukon First Nations, the Town of Inuvik, and hundreds of other Canadian organizations and communities. IDAM is the only Indigenous disability specific awareness initiative of its kind in the world. The United Nations recommended that Canada officially declare November as IDAM annually.


Officially proclaim IDAM

By working together in compassion and respect, we can work towards a Canada that is inclusive, equitable, and accessible for everyone. Show your, your organization’s, or your community’s support by recognizing and proclaiming IDAM every year.

Join these others persons and organizations below by filling out this proclamation statement – edit as needed, send back to us at bcands@bcands.bc.ca, and share widely!

Fillable Proclamation of IDAM for your organization or community

BCANDS’ IDAM Webinar Series

In this year of virtual events, we will be hosting a webinar series to celebrate IDAM:

November 12th, 2020, 10:30-11:30 am PST: Support for Student Learning Program

Register Now: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlcOytrjMtHtHel3c7UP0nRO2zJlK5YYuu
Please email project1@bcands.bc.ca by November 5th if you have accessibility requirements for this meeting

November 19th, 2020, 10:30-11:30 am PST: Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Register Now: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuf-mhqjorHNUh3Gql8f6KzAJAj_56nZtQ
Please email project1@bcands.bc.ca by November 12th if you have accessibility requirements for this meeting

November 26th, 2020, 10:30-11:30 am PST: Disability Case Management (DCM)

Register Now: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcOmpqzgjHtF8-OwB89oLiTiqlbzhSVg9
Please email project1@bcands.bc.ca by November 19th if you have accessibility requirements for this meeting

November 30th, 2020 10:30-11:30 am PST: Employment Engagement Project

Register Now: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtd-6trTsqHN3W1elWqTSmwrcU_lK7Oc_I
Please email project1@bcands.bc.ca by November 23th if you have accessibility requirements for this meeting


Download our IDAM Poster


IDAM on Social Media

Follow along with https://twitter.com/BCANDS1 for current updates throughout November