Indigenous Advisor and Advisory Committee

Indigenous 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 Poverty Reduction (formerly Social Development and Social Innovation) has been working with CLBC to better align CLBC-funded programs and services for Indigenous adults with developmental disabilities living in and out of First Nations communities.

CLBC Indigenous Practice Advisor

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

Indigenous Advisory Committee

The Indigenous Advisory Committee works to advise CLBC to achieve its vision of “lives filled with possibilities in welcoming communities” for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families residing within British Columbia’s urban, rural, First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Metis, and Inuit communities. The Advisory Committee supports the mandate of CLBC through the provision of information and advice to CLBC staff, within an Indigenous perspective and worldview.

The Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) consists of Indigenous individuals, families, and community members from across BC. The IAC meets quarterly (since 2012) to provide advice, share information and identify strategies to best provide culturally relevant services to Indigenous individuals living with developmental disabilities and their families. The Committee provides input to enhance relationships with CLBC staff and First Nations, Metis and Inuit community

To read the Committee’s Terms of Reference, please click here.

Committee members

  • Charlotta Andrew – Family Member, Vancouver Coastal
  • Tanya Davoren – Provincial Representative – Metis Nation BC
  • Kelsey Finlay – Provincial Representative, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
  • Carolyne Neufeld – Health Director, Seabird Island Band, Fraser Region
  • Derina Peters – Provincial Representative, First Nations Health Authority
  • Sherwin Strong – Self-Advocate, Vancouver Island
  • Ethel Underwood – Family/Community Representative
  • Nita Walkem – Nlha7’kapmx Child & Family Services

CLBC staff members

  • Norah Drake – CLBC Indigenous Practice Advisor
  • Megan Tardif – CLBC Executive Director, Quality Assurance

Learn more about the Committee members.


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 Indigenous representatives who are familiar with Indigenous persons with a disability within their respective region. For more information, please click here.

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.

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