Community Living BC is pleased to join our partners and government in recognizing Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) in November. The month highlights and celebrates the unique contributions First Nations, Métis and Inuit people with disabilities make to communities throughout the province.
The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) first created Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in 2015. On the eighth anniversary of recognizing this month, BCANDS / Indigenous Disability Canada (IDC) is hosting the 2022 Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering in Victoria. The Gathering brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, leadership, service providers, community members and others to learn, connect, and collaborate in addressing the unique barriers Indigenous people with disabilities face.
CLBC is proud to be a sponsor of The Gathering, and to take part as an exhibitor. CLBC’s CEO Ross Chilton will be delivering a keynote address and Joanne Mills, VP, Quality Services and Indigenous Relations, will be taking part in a fire side chat during the event.
Strengthening relationships with Indigenous individuals, families and communities is a top priority for CLBC, and is reflected in one of the key goals of our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan: Our actions align with the rights of Indigenous peoples.
CLBC’s Indigenous Relations team continues its work to improve awareness of available supports and services among Indigenous Peoples and communities and to increase CLBC staff knowledge of Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture. A newly-established Elders Advisory is providing important guidance to CLBC on serving Indigenous individuals and families in culturally safe and appropriate ways.
We hope you will join us in recognizing this important month in communities across B.C.