Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

Mi'kmaq Nation Flag

Mi'kmaq Nation Flag

This November marks the 8th anniversary of Indigenous Disability Awareness Month. Created in 2015 by the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, Indigenous Disability Awareness Month brings awareness and understanding about the barriers Indigenous people living with disabilities experience each day.

2022 marks the inaugural year that Halifax Regional Municipality is recognizing November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month.

Events and Celebrations

  • On October 31, there will be a flag-raising ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in Grand Parade Square with Mayor Mike Savage and musical performances by Raymond Sewell
Municipal Proclamation for Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

Transcript: Mayoral Reading of IDAM Proclamation

Hi folks I’m Mayor Mike Savage, Kwe’. I’m pleased to be coming to you from Kjipuktuk in Mi’kmaki, the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people.

This marks the inaugural year that Halifax Regional Municipality is recognizing November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month. On October 31st City Hall will be hosting a flag raising at Grand Parade.

In 2015, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society founded Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in order to create awareness and understanding about the barriers Indigenous people with disabilities face every day and the importance of the Indigenous Disabilities lens in our municipal work.

This work is relevant at a local scale as 1 in 5 Nova Scotians over the age of 15 identify as having a disability, while Indigenous peoples in Canada experience a higher disability rate than that of the general population. In 2017 32% of First Nations people living off reserve, 30% of Metis, 19% of Inuit have one or more disabilities that mcanay impact them in their daily activities.

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month provides opportunities to create awareness and implement actions to support Indigenous communities and organizations that create culturally appropriate services and resources for Indigenous persons with disabilities in HRM.

So I’m going to read our proclamation.

Proclamation for Indigenous Disability Awareness Month, November 1st, 2022:

WHEREAS, The City of Halifax (Kjipuktuk) is committed to the ideal of an inclusive society based on respect and understanding where Indigenous First Nation, Inuit, Métis peoples living with disabilities and the significant contributions they provide are celebrated and valued, and

WHEREAS, local Indigenous organizations and communities in Nova Scotia are working to advance the social, cultural, spiritual, civil, and political rights of Indigenous people with disabilities and to provide cultural-based services and supports in community.

WHEREAS, The Wabanaki Council on Disability and Mawita'mk Society are regional Indigenous disability organizations working and advocating for positive change within Canada’s disability sector; and

WHEREAS, Indigenous peoples across Canada experience a disability rate higher than Canada’s non-Indigenous population, and often face unique barriers and discrimination that impacts their ability to fully participate in the social and economic opportunities available within our city and province, and

WHEREAS, The City of Halifax (Kjipuktuk) is committed to realizing the principle of full and effective participation and inclusion in Society as well as equality of opportunity outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),

THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Mayor Mike Savage, on behalf of Halifax Regional Council, do hereby recognize November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) in the City of Halifax.

Dated at Halifax, Nova Scotia this 31st day of October 2022.

Wela'lin, wela'lioq.