November is Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in Manitoba

 

Since 2021, the province of Manitoba annually proclaims the month of November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) in Manitoba.

Every year, we join people across the country in promoting awareness of the barriers that are faced by Indigenous people living with disabilities, and we highlight the achievements and valuable contributions they make to our communities.


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Indigenous Disability Awarness Month Proclamation - English (PDF)
Indigenous Disability Awarness Month Proclamation - French (PDF)

BCANDS IDAM Webinar – Online Learning Opportunity

Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion.  Southeast Manitoba First Nations Disibility Project Proudly Present. Accessibility Standards: a path forward to inclusion

Throughout the month of November, BCANDS is hosting a series of webinars exploring the challenges and contributions faced by Indigenous peoples living with disabilities.

Join people across Canada for these informative and engaging sessions, including a webinar featuring people local to Manitoba on November 24th.

Accessibility Standards: A Path Forward to Inclusion

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2021

Time: 1 to 2:30pm CST.

Register at: https://eventbrite.ca/e/207424210397

Featuring:

  • Audrey Henderson, Southeast First Nations Disability Project Initiative (Sagkeeng First Nation)
  • Sharon Courchene, Southeast First Nations Disability Project Initiative (Sagkeeng First Nation)
  • BCANDS
  • BC government
  • Manitoba Accessibility Office



Indigenous peoples across Canada experience a disability rate that is significantly higher than that of the general population. Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) brings awareness of these barriers and the issues that Indigenous peoples living with disabilities and their families face every day. In spite of these barriers, there is much to celebrate.

IDAM highlights the achievements of Indigenous peoples living with disabilities and recognizes the significant and valuable contributions they make to our communities, socially, economically and culturally.

For the first time, beginning in 2021, the Manitoba government is proclaiming the month of November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM). Manitoba is the third province to proclaim IDAM.

 


The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society created IDAM in 2015.

Since then, multiple provinces, cities towns, and hundreds of other organizations and communities across Canada have declared and recognized IDAM. IDAM is the only Indigenous disability-specific awareness initiative of its kind in the world.

In 2017, the United Nations International Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommended to Canada to officially recognize and proclaim November as IDAM annually.


Get involved & recognize the valuable contributions that Indigenous peoples living with disabilities bring to our communities.

  • Learn more about IDAM.
  • Recognize IDAM within your organization.
  • Host a virtual community or organizational event.
  • Highlight your organization’s IDAM participation or event in the November edition of Accessibility News. Please contact the Manitoba Accessibility Office.