Aboriginal Advisor and Advisory Committee

Aboriginal Services

As of August 2014, CLBC services will be provided in First Nations communities wherever possible for eligible individuals as part of CLBC’s focus on continual quality improvements and our commitment to listen, respect and learn from the individuals and families we serve. The approach to service delivery in First Nations communities will be the same approach used for all CLBC eligible individuals across the province. Since 2009, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has been working with CLBC to better align CLBC-funded programs and services for Aboriginal adults with developmental disabilities living in and out of First Nations communities. CLBC and the Ministry will use this initial first year to understand and assess the demand for services for families and individuals living in First Nations communities.

Questions and answers for families about access to CLBC services and service delivery in First Nations communities can be accessed by clicking here (Updated June 2015).

Questions and answers for First Nations communities to inform communities about CLBC services and processes can be accessed by clicking here.

CLBC Aboriginal Advisor

CLBC’s Aboriginal Advisor is familiar with supports for individuals and families, with a specific focus on Aboriginal matters. A key aspect of the advisor’s role is establishing a working relationship with the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit population.

Aboriginal Advisory Committee

The Aboriginal Advisory Committee (AAC) consists of Aboriginal individuals, families, and community members from across BC. The AAC previously met to discuss various issues and since May 2012, began meeting quarterly to provide input and direction on current initiatives and to receive up-dates and information. To read the Committee’s Terms of Reference, please click here.

Committee Members:

Charlotta Andrew – Family Member, Vancouver Coastal
Lynn Barisoff – Family Member, School District Trustee, Interior
Neil Belanger – Community Representative, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, Provincial
Diana Elliot – Community Representative, Aboriginal Infant Development Programs, Vancouver Island
Carolyne Neufeld – Health Director, Seabird Island Band, Fraser Region
Teree Rathje – Community Representative, Doig River First Nation, North East
Sherwin Strong – Self-Advocate, Vancouver Island
Mannie Stewart – Self-Advocate, Interior
Theresa Wesley – Community Representative, Aboriginal Community Services Society of Prince Rupert, North West

CLBC Staff Members:

Ahmed El Namer – Senior Contracts Coordinator, North
CLBC Aboriginal Advisor – Provincial

Learn more about the Committee members by clicking here.

We would also like to honour three former AAC members who volunteered their time to attend our meetings; each were active participants who helped to advance issues associated with service delivery for Aboriginal persons with a disability. Since February 2012, the former AAC members included:

  • Geri McDougall, North Region, Aboriginal Community Representative
  • Dr. Rachelle Hole, Interior Region
  • Carol Antoine, Vancouver Island, Aboriginal Family Member

Committee Minutes


For more information, please contact Megan Tardif by calling 604-664-0101.

CLBC Community Councils

If you are interested in becoming a member of the local community council, some are seeking Aboriginal representatives who are familiar with Aboriginal persons with a disability within their respective region. For more information, please click here.

CLBC Aboriginal Contact List

If you are interested in receiving on-going CLBC updates in the area of Aboriginal status, please contact CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca to be added to our distribution list.

Community Action Employment Plan

CLBC has released a three-year Community Action Employment Plan to help increase the number of job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities who wish to work. The plan sets a target to increase employment of individuals CLBC serves who want to work. Three pilot projects, in the Thompson-Cariboo, Central-Upper Island and Simon Fraser Regions, will identify best practices for community and sector collaboration that can be expanded to other regions of the province in 2014.

Aboriginal participants took part in province-wide survey, attended the October 2012 Summit, and will continue to participate in the current Community Action Employment Plan.

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