A message from CEO Seonag Macrae and CLBC’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.
The Province has proclaimed November as the third annual Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in British Columbia, which recognizes the unique contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living with disabilities make to communities throughout the province.
Community Living BC (CLBC) provides supports and services to people who are 19 or older and meet the criteria for a developmental disability or who have Autism Spectrum Disorder or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and significant limitations in adaptive functioning. All people residing within First Nations communities, regardless of ancestry, and who meet CLBC eligibility requirements can access CLBC funded services based on their disability-related needs and availability of local CLBC resources.
CLBC’s Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) includes representatives from across the province and provides information and advice to CLBC staff within an Indigenous perspective and worldview. The IAC provides valuable input into how CLBC can better understand the needs and improve service delivery to Indigenous people. In CLBC’s new 2017-2020 strategic plan, we have identified a priority need to enhance relationships with Indigenous communities and to develop staff and organizational cultural competency.
Recognizing the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, CLBC is committed to taking meaningful steps to achieve its vision of lives filled with possibilities in welcoming communities to people with developmental disabilities and their families residing within BC’s urban and rural First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Métis, and Inuit communities.
We hope you will join us in recognizing this important month in communities across B.C.