Indigenous Advisor and Advisory Committee

Indigenous services

As of August 2014, CLBC services are 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.

Call Out for Artists to design Indigenous Advisory Committee Logo

Community Living BC (CLBC) is looking for Indigenous artists interested in working with the Indigenous Advisory Committee to collaborate on the creation of a logo to represent their work.

For full details, read the Call Out for Artists here.

Submissions are due by September 16, 2022.

Information and Resources for Indigenous Individuals and Families on COVID-19

As First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples take steps to keep every person safe from threat of the COVID-19 virus, we’re reminded of the strength and resiliency of people when we rely on each other.

To help make information easier to find, CLBC in consultation with the Indigenous Advisory Committee has compiled a page of resources to share with Indigenous individuals we support, which you can find here.

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 “communities of belonging, lives with connection” 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

  • Neil Belanger, IAC Chair Provincial Rep
  • Charlene Barney, IAC member, self-advocate
  • Eugene Harry, IAC member, Squamish Elder
  • Gwen Campbell McArthur, IAC member, Elder specialized in cultural safety and Indigenous cultural competency and standards of practice for the Canadian Federation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Jackie Watts, IAC member Provincial Rep.
  • Sue Sterling, IAC member Provincial Rep.
  • Neil Belanger, IAC Chair Provincial Rep.
  • Nicky Cairncross, Advocate for Service Quality, MSDPR
  • Sherwin Strong, IAC member, CLBC/self-advocate
  • Ted Nordio, IAC Member Provincial Rep.
  • Brian Govereau, IAC Member Provincial Rep.
  • Charlotta Andrew, IAC member
  • Joely Viveiros, IAC member

CLBC staff members

  • Jennifer Parisian, Indigenous Practice Advisor

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.