BCANDS 2017 Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering

Date: 28-Nov-17 to 30-Nov-17
Location: Victoria Conference Centre / Canada
Category: Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Conferences & Trade Fairs

Within Canada Indigenous persons living with a disability and their families are often challenged when seeking appropriate and necessary supports regarding their specific disability and health related need(s).

Competition for limited resources within communities; lack of information on available external resources including the process and requirements to access; jurisdictional and mandate issues; remoteness and experienced discrimination are only a few of the factors that contribute to the barriers faced by this important segment of our population.

Indigenous individuals and families living with a disability have become a marginalized group within an already marginalized population and the "invisible" members of the Canada's disability sector.

The frequency of disabilities among Indigenous Canadians (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) is conservatively estimated at twice that of the national rate or approximately 27.4%. Other research has suggested that the overall disability rates for Indigenous people in Canada is at approximately 31% and up to three times higher than the national rate within some age groups. It is also known that the prevalence of disabilities and the likelihood of becoming disabled within impoverished populations, such as the conditions seen within many Indigenous communities and racialized urban centres, are significantly higher than in populations that are not.

The BCANDS 2017 Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering will be held in Victoria, British Columbia in November 2017, complimenting the 3rd anniversary of the recognition and proclamation of Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month within the province.

Help to make this a memorable and successful event through your planned attendance. Most importantly though, through your insight, knowledge and partnership, help to make a difference in the lives of many by assisting to eliminate the barriers facing these very important members of our communities.

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