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Hunt Family Crest Totem Pole, Victoria Conference Center Lobby

Indigenous Disability Canada's (IDC) 2024

Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering

November 19th, 2024 – November 21st, 2024
Victoria, BC

About The Gathering

The 2024 Gathering will be held at the Victoria Conference Center from November 19th – November 21st, 2024, on the ancestral lands of the Lekwungen Peoples. We will be celebrating  Indigenous Disability Canada's (IDC) / British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society's (BCANDS') 31st anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) being recognized and proclaimed.

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 Peoples with disabilities face. We will continue to take the necessary steps to dismantle historical and current barriers and the attitudes and perceptions that negatively impact Indigenous Peoples living with disabilities. By forming new and expanded partnerships, we can collaborate and identify the best practices for the broader disability and health sectors.


Together, we will help shape a Canada that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all peoples and abilities.

The Gathering

Why Should We Gather?

Indigenous Peoples living with a disability often face many unique jurisdictional barriers, restrictive policies, and discrimination when seeking necessary support for their specific disability-related needs. These factors, and others, contribute to the exclusion and the lack of recognition of Indigenous Peoples living with a disability as equal members of our society. This population continues to be marginalized, with the worldwide pandemic further amplifying these conditions. 


Statistics Canada notes that the frequency of disabilities among Indigenous Peoples is higher than the national average, which is conservatively estimated at 30%. Other research suggests the overall disability rates for Indigenous Peoples in Canada are 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 for Indigenous women in impoverished populations significantly increases. In 2016, Statistics Canada also stated that 4 out of 5 First Nation communities have a median income below the poverty line.





  • Learn about the latest news and initiatives relating to Indigenous disability and wellness in Canada;

  • Participate in the 10th anniversary of Indigenous Disability Awareness Month;

  • Learn from Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership, service providers, advocates, and governments about the barriers, priorities, and opportunities relevant to your organization and/or community;

  • Interact with Gathering Speakers, Delegates, Colleagues, and Vendors in the Indigenous disability sector from across Canada;

  • Experience on-site disability and health information and resources at the numerous Vendor tables;

  • Enjoy a welcome Gathering bag with information and swag, three hot breakfasts, three hot lunches, beverage breaks, daily door prizes and more;

  • Enjoy the Wednesday evening Mix & Mingle Social, including traditional dance;

  • Attend the presentation of the IDC / BCANDS 2024 National Indigenous Partnership Award; and

  • Enjoy the numerous attractions beautiful Victoria has to offer

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