Date: November, 2023
The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) created Indigenous Disability Awareness
Month in 2015. In 2021, the Manitoba government recognized November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month
Manitobans join people across the country in promoting awareness of the barriers experienced by Indigenous
people living with disabilities.
Annually, Indigenous Disability Awareness Month is recognized in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
and by the Assembly of First Nations, BC First Nations Summit, Métis Nation of BC, Council of Yukon First
Nations, the Town of Inuvik, and hundreds of other organizations and communities across Canada. The
recognition of the month 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 as an annual event.
Indigenous peoples across Canada experience a disability rate that is much higher than that of the general
population. Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) brings awareness of the barriers and issues that
Indigenous peoples living with disabilities and their families experience every day. Despite these barriers,
there is much to celebrate.
Indigenous Disability Awareness Month highlights the achievements of Indigenous peoples living with
disabilities and recognizes the significant and valuable contributions they make to our communities,
including socially, economically and culturally.
Get involved and recognize the valuable contributions that Indigenous peoples with disabilities make to their communities.