Accessibility means different things to different people. Often, people think about accessibility as removing barriers for people with disabilities. However, accessibility is an important part of how we all navigate through our communities and the world, including housing, public transportation, accessing health services, attending community events and more.
First Nations Perspectives on Accessibility
The goal of this research project is to learn what accessibility means to First Nations people, families and communities in BC. This is important because First Nations people can experience unique barriers to accessibility. First Nations Peoples in Canada experience a 30-50 per cent higher rate of disability compared to the general Canadian population. This project is an opportunity for First Nations to talk about what is important to them about accessibility, and how services, organizations and policies in BC can be improved.
The First Nations Health Authority, along with partners at the Rick Hansen Foundation and DIALOG, have been awarded $500,000 over two years by Accessibility Standards Canada to do this work. We are speaking with First Nations individuals, families and organizations across the province to learn about what accessibility means to them.
We are interested in speaking with people and families who:
Options for Participating
We offer three options for participating in this study:
All options will take approximately one to two hours to complete. Participation is completely optional and we will ask for your consent before completing the interview. To honour your time, knowledge and perspectives, we are able to provide you with honorarium in the form of a mailed cheque or a pre-loaded Visa gift card. Please note that FNHA staff who are participating in this study are not eligible to receive honorarium.
If you are interested in being a part of this work, or if you have questions about the BC First Nations Perspectives on Accessibility project, please email Kate Checknita at Kate.Checknita@fnha.ca.