In 2017, Inclusion BC hosted conversations, panels, workshops, presentations, awarded Disability Pride community event grants, and created documentaries about the idea and experience of Disability Pride. We invite you to celebrate the many conversations and achievements that came out of Disability Pride 2017 by watching the documentaries and accessing the resources below.
Sherwin Strong: Disability Pride 2017
A 7-minute documentary, produced by Inclusion BC Foundation, was premiered at screenings across the province during the 3rd annual UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival on December 3, 2017.
Sherwin Glen Dan Strong is a musician and self-advocate living in Comox, British Columbia. Adopted as a baby, Sherwin had a transformational journey through 39 surgeries, learning from his past, and finding his own lifestyle and wisdom. In his documentary, Sherwin shares his perspective and experiences of Disability Pride 2017 and invites us all to be part of a movement whose time has come.
The Story Behind Disability Pride 2017
Inclusion BC produced a 7-minute documentary that was premiered during the 2nd annual Film Festival at the end of 2016. It started as a conversation about Pride in the Community Inclusion Movement. We looked at the history of our movement and other civil rights movements and then went out and talked about it. For other groups, discovering Pride was an important step on their path towards acceptance and inclusion.
A Message from The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Carla Qualtrough, former Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, sent us a video message just before the June 15, 2017, Celebration and March. Minister Qualtrough wished she could be there with us and shared that she particularly liked how we were encouraging people to celebrate Disability Pride 2017 through conversations. “I think this is a great idea! In fact, I have just released a report to share what we learned through conversations with Canadians asking what an accessible Canada means to them”.
In the Media
On June 15, 2017, during the Disability Pride Celebration and March, CBC came and filmed the event.
A Message back to The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
On June 16, 2017, the day after the March, we had a public open space to talk about how people felt after participating in the Celebration and March, and we showed Minister Qualtrough’s video during the meeting. We filmed what people had to say after seeing this video to them from a Minister with a disability, and then made our own video message which was sent back to her.
Grants and Resources
Throughout the year, Inclusion BC Foundation also gave thousands of dollars in grants to individuals, families, and organizations to celebrate Disability Pride in their own way and in their own communities. Grant recipients were: Blind Beginnings, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, BC People First, BC Self Advocacy Foundation, Canadian Deafblind Association BC Chapter, Chilliwack Society for Community Living, Clay Tree Society, Cripple Crew, Grace Klemm, Grand Forks Sunshine Valley Community Services, Iris Gray, Krystian Shaw, Lyle Lexier, Music Heals, North Island College Access for Students with Disabilities, PeerNet BC, Sherwin Strong, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Wanting to host inclusive celebrations and events? Check out our resources for celebrating, marching, and demonstrating.
Disability Pride Marches
and Event Posters
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