Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM)

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

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) was created by BCANDS in 2015, and 2021 is it’s 7th anniversary! Since then, IDAM is now annually declared and recognized by the Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, 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 organizations and communities across Canada. IDAM is the only Indigenous disability specific awareness initiative of its kind in the world. In 2017 the United Nations International Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommended to Canada to 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 annually!

Join countless supporters across Canada by filling out your own proclamation statement (click on the image below- edit as you need), send back to us at, and share widely!

BCANDS’ IDAM 2021 Webinar Series

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

Please check back often for updates on our 2021 Webinar Series! 

Click to Download our IDAM Poster

IDAM on Social Media

Follow along with for current updates throughout November