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Indigenous Disability Canada's (IDC) 2022

Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering

Victoria Conference Center - Victoria, BC
November 15, 16 and 17, 2022

The Gathering

The 2022 Gathering will be held in Victoria, BC and on the ancestral lands of the Lekwungen People. We will be celebrating  Indigenous Disability Canada's (IDC) / British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society's (BCANDS') 31st anniversary and the 8th 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 forward in dismantling both 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.

 
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Why should we gather together?

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

 

Statistics Canada notes that the frequency of disabilities among Indigenous persons is higher than the national average, which is conservatively estimated at 30%. Other research suggests the overall disability rates for Indigenous peoples in Canada is 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.

 

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE 2022 GATHERING

 

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

  • Participate in the 8th anniversary Indigenous Disability Awareness Month;

  • Learn from Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership, service providers, advocates, 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 2022 National Indigenous Partnership Award; and

  • Enjoy the numerous attractions beautiful Victoria has to offer

 

Agenda

Set Up | Monday, Nov 14

5 - 7 pm

  • Delegate and Vendor registration and set up

Day One | Tuesday, Nov 15

8 - 9 am

  • Welcome...upon arrival, please check-in at the Delegate Registration Table & pick-up your Welcome Bag

  • Breakfast and Networking - (Fresh Baked Goods, Fresh Fruit, Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Savory Potatoes, Breakfast Meats, Toast/Hot & Cold Cereal Stations & Refreshments)

9 - 10:15 am

  • Opening Remarks

  • Overview of IDC / BCANDS and the 2022 Gathering

  • Keynote Speaker and Keynote Questions

10:15 - 10:45 am

  • Coffee and Networking Break (Refreshments & Themed Snack Station: Smoothie Bar)

10:45 am - 12 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panel

  • Delegate and Panel Engagement

12 - 1 pm

  • Lunch and Networking (Seasonal Soup & Salads, Pasta, Salmon, Lamb, Potatoes, Veggies, Desserts & Refreshments)

1 - 2:30 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panels

  • Delegate and Panel Engagements

2:30 - 3 pm

  • Coffee and Networking Break (Refreshments & Themed Snack Station: Donut Worry-Be Happy)

3 - 3:45 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panel

  • Delegate and Panel Engagement

3:45 - 4 pm

  • Closing Comments on the day's activities

Day Two | Wednesday, Nov 16

8 - 9 am

  • Welcome Back - Please check-in at the Delegates Registration Table

  • Breakfast and Networking -(Fresh Baked Goods, Fresh Fruit, Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Savory Potatoes, Breakfast Meats, Toast/Hot & Cold Cereal Stations & Refreshments)

9 - 10:15 am

  • Opening Remarks

  • Keynote Speaker and Keynote Questions

10:15 - 10:45 am

  • Coffee and Networking Break (Refreshments & Themed Snack Station: Perfect Parfaits)

10:45 am - 12 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panel

  • Delegate and Panel Engagement

12 - 1 pm

  • Lunch and Networking (Noodle Soup, Veggie Salads, Ginger Beef, Tofu, Jasmine Rice, Desserts & Refreshments)

1 - 2:30 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panels

  • Delegate and Panel Engagements

2:30 - 3 pm

  • Coffee and Networking Break (Refreshments & Themed Snack Station: Choc-A-Holic Pastries)

3 - 3:45 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panel

  • Delegate and Panel Engagement

3:45 - 4 pm

  • Closing Comments on the day's activities

6 - 9 pm

  • Mix and Mingle Social (Canapes/hors d'oeuvres, and a variety of food stations

  • Cash Bar

  • Entertainment 

  • IDC / BCANDS Indigenous Partnership Award Presentation

  • Delegate and Vendor draws 

Day Three | Thursday, Nov 17

8 - 9 am

  • Welcome Back - Please check-in at the Delegates Registration Table

  • Breakfast and Networking - (Fresh Baked Goods, Fresh Fruit, Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Savory Potatoes, Breakfast Meats, Toast/Hot & Cold Cereal Stations & Refreshments)

9 - 10:15 am

  • Opening Remarks

  • Keynote Speaker and Keynote Questions

10:15 - 10:45 am

  • Coffee and Networking Break (Refreshments & Themed Snack Station: Smoothie Bar)

10:45 am - 12 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panel

  • Delegate and Panel Engagement

12 - 1 pm

  • Lunch and Networking (Seasonal Soup, Potato & Green Salads, Cod & Mussels, Roasted Pork, Quinoa Casserole, Rice and Fresh Veggies, Desserts & Refreshments)

1 - 2:30 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panels

  • Delegate and Panel Engagements

2:30 - 3 pm

  • Coffee and Networking Break (Refreshments & Themed Snack Station: West Coast Trail Mix)

3 - 3:45 pm

  • Fireside Chat Panel

  • Delegate and Panel Engagement

3:45 - 4 pm

  • Closing Comments on the day's activities

  • Closing of the 2022 Gathering

  • Vendor Breakdown

 
   Kerri Joffe 







Kerri Joffe is a human rights lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre. Kerri has been involved in disability rights litigation at various tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Kerri has presented law reform and policy submissions about disability law issues to legislative committees, governments, administrative bodies and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has authored law reform reports for the Law Commission of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Government of Canada. Kerri has delivered extensive public legal education to diverse disability communities, and has guest lectured on disability rights issues. Before joining ARCH, Kerri worked on housing rights, social assistance programs, immigration and refugee issues, human trafficking, and as a law clerk to Superior Court judges. Kerri holds degrees in law and social work from McGill University.
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     Krista Carr




 

Krista Carr is a long-time advocate in the inclusion movement.  Krista is the Executive Vice President (CEO) of Inclusion Canada, one of Canada’s 10 largest charitable organizations. Inclusion Canada is a national federation of 300 local and 13 Provincial/Territorial Associations working on behalf of approximately 1 million Canadians with a developmental disability and their families.

Krista has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector as a champion of inclusion. Before joining Inclusion Canada, she was the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL), a leading provincial non-profit organization that works with people with an intellectual disability and their families to accomplish the mission of full inclusion across the lifespan.

In her current role, Krista is responsible for leading the Inclusion Canada National organization, the Inclusion Canada Foundation, Inclusive Education Canada (IEC).

In addition to her extensive work portfolio, Krista sits on a number of provincial and national disability-related boards and committees. This includes being co-Chair of the Minister's Disability Advisory Group (MDAG), with the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment and Disability Inclusion.  

Krista is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) where she earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) and several diplomas in Human Resources and Management from UNB’s College of Extended Learning. 

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About Indigenous Disability Canada (IDC)

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) now largely operating as Indigenous Disability Canada  (IDC) is an internationally recognized, award-winning, not-for-profit Indigenous disability organization. IDC / BCANDS provides disability related programs and services across Canada and holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations since 2018.

Mission

Advancing the unique disability and health priorities of Indigenous persons through collaboration, consultation, and the delivery of comprehensive client services.

Vision

An inclusive and accessible Canada for all Indigenous persons and families living with disabilities where their disability and health priorities / needs are identified, planned for and addressed through relevant, responsive and holistic programs, services and policies.

Programs & Services

IDC / BCANDS engages in a variety of services and initiatives to assist Indigenous individuals and families living with disabilities. Some of these include:

For more information: www.bcands.bc.ca