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From December 1-3, we're celebrating the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Film festivals will be held in 5 locations across BC. Stay tuned for details!

Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with intellectual disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

Our new report shows the continued systemic use of restraint and seclusion in BC schools. Read more.

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Deny Robert Latimer's Request for Pardon

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Inclusion BC has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support the request made by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) urging him and the Government of Canada to deny convicted murderer Robert Latimer's recent application for a pardon and ministerial review.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A2 23 July, 2018 Dear Prime Minister, Re: Convicted murderer Robert Latimer's recent application for a ministerial review and pardon

NEWS RELEASE: Historic Accessible Canada Act Tabled in Parliament

New Westminster, B.C., June 20, 2018 -The Accessible Canada Act was tabled today in Ottawa, marking an historic day for people with disabilities across Canada.

Inclusion BC Executive Director announces departure

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It is with sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Faith Bodnar’s departure as Executive Director of Inclusion BC, effective June 30, 2018.
Since 2009, Faith has played a critical role in the growth and success of the organization, and while we will miss her, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatoon Branch. We want to thank her for the 9 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, some of which included:

Resolutions passed at Inclusion BC Annual General Meeting

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Five resolutions were passed at Inclusion BC's annual general meeting held on May 25, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
2018 RESOLUTIONS Resolutions 1-5 were submitted and presented by the Inclusion BC Board of Directors. Resolution 1 – Changes required by the BC Society’s Act Supporting Statement The BC Society Act requires that all non-profit societies update their Constitution and Bylaw to be in compliance with changes to legislation. Resolution

BC Government Announces New Funding to Support Inclusion BC and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

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The Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Hon. Shane Simpson, announced today that Inclusion BC and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) will receive new funding to support their work.
The announcement comes as BC celebrates Accessibility Week.  Inclusion BC Executive Director Faith Bodnar responded to the announcement: “We all play a vital part in supporting and empowering people to live good lives in their communities. This funding will help us ensure Inclusion BC is working proactively, and that our support systems are empowered to respond to the needs and hopes of those we serve.”

Annual Report: a year in review

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See what we've been up to this past year and how your support has helped us make an impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in BC.
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Michael Prince appointed as next CLBC chair

Michael J. Prince, the Lansdowne professor of social policy at the University of Victoria, has been appointed chair of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) by Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Read the full statement here.

Stop Hurting Kids II: BC Urged to Stop Systemic Abuse of Restraint & Seclusion in Schools

Update: Following extensive media coverage and discussion on social media, the Minister of Education Hon. Rob Fleming responded to Inclusion BC's report on the use of restraints and seclusion in BC Schools. The Minister spoke to the Times Colonist in May:

Educators in 6 BC communities win national inclusive education awards

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Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute of BC are proud to announce that 12 BC educators are being honoured with 2018 National Inclusive Education Awards recognizing their exemplary contributions to providing inclusive learning opportunities for students with special needs.
2018 National Inclusive Education Awards honour 2 BC teams, 12 outstanding educators

Conference early bird registration ends April 27

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Register today for BC's premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusion and human rights. Rise Up! 2018 will be held in beautiful Kelowna, BC from May 24-26.
Visit the conference website to register and for more information:  http://inclusionbc.org/riseup/
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