National Aboriginal Day

In solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across Canada and in support of Reconciliation,  ARCH Disability Law Centre celebrates National Aboriginal Day. ARCH staff are participating in various activities to mark this day that celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous People. 

ARCH is fully committed to listening to, building relationships and working with Indigenous communities on the journey to Reconciliation. 

Prevalence of disability within indigenous communities is twice the national average.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities acknowledged  in its Concluding Observations to Canada’s Report the extreme marginalization of Indigenous communities in Canada and the lack of access to social supports, employment, health services and education.

At a recent event that ARCH and the Law Society of Upper Canada hosted, Wendall Nicholas, Chairperson of the Wabanaki Council on Disability, stated that:

“Our path from isolation to self-determination requires our recognition as indigenous people with disabilities.”