Neil Squire Penticton Indian Band History

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A summary of some of our work with the Penticton Indian Band from 2006 - 2010, serving Aboriginals and other community members with disabilities. Doesn't include our more recent online computer …

A summary of some of our work with the Penticton Indian Band from 2006 - 2010, serving Aboriginals and other community members with disabilities. Doesn't include our more recent online computer tutoring, wage subsidy, and other labour market programming.

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  • 1. Neil Squire Society &Neil Squire Society & Penticton Indian BandPenticton Indian Band
  • 2. Penticton Indian BandPenticton Indian Band
  • 3. Neil Squire SocietyNeil Squire Society
  • 4. Neil Squire: Where we areNeil Squire: Where we are • Burnaby, BC • Regina, SK • Ottawa, ON • Fredericton, NB • Moncton, NB
  • 5. Distance Partners: Where we areDistance Partners: Where we are • Penticton, BC • Vernon, BC • Osoyoos, BC • Weyburn, SK • Saskatoon, SK • Pembroke, ON • Sudbury, ON • In participants homes
  • 6. Where we can go and growWhere we can go and grow
  • 7. “ The building is a safe haven for learning. I believe it is the best program for support and learning in the Penticton area, servicing on and off reserve people with disabilities.” Florence MacArthur Director of Education Project Manager, Social Services
  • 8. Statistical BackgroundStatistical Background “In 2006, the number of people that identified themselves as an Aboriginal person surpassed the one-million mark, reaching 1,172,790.” Aboriginal People in Canada in 2006, Statistics Canada 97-558-XIE
  • 9. Statistical BackgroundStatistical Background “In 2006, 4.4 million Canadians … reported having an activity limitation yielding a disability rate of 14.3%” Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, Statistics Canada 89-6288-XIE
  • 10. Statistical BackgroundStatistical Background “… the fact that the overall rate of Aboriginal disability is at least twice the national average is not in dispute.” Where the River Flows: Aboriginal People with Disability, HRSDC Oct 2006
  • 11. Aboriginals with DisabilitiesAboriginals with Disabilities Approximately, 29% (335,418) Aboriginals live with a Disability across Canada.* * Note both Aboriginal rates, and rates of people with disabilities, are both recognized for being under reported
  • 12. “The facilitators at the Footprints and Neil Squire Society are very supportive and helpful. The career and health and wellness information gave me the confidence to apply for work off reserve. I found this an excellent program for me.” Trudy George Employ-Ability Participant Community Navigator
  • 13. Aboriginal People with Disability:Aboriginal People with Disability: Focus on EmploymentFocus on Employment • Establish active information and resources for aboriginals with disabilities. • Disability policies in context of Aboriginal cultures. • Priorities in data collection (track successful programs). • Address specific needs of persons with disabilities. • Literacy and adult training as transition to employment. • Technology to empower Aboriginals with Disabilities. Where the River Flows: Aboriginal People with Disability, HRSDC Aboriginal Affairs Directorate, Oct 2006
  • 14. “ I took the Employ-Ability online course in 2009 and it was what I needed! I live in Oliver and took the program from my band office. I learned about how to look for work and what I would like to do. I am now studying at Enowkin College and learning a lot.” Jorden Allen Employ-Ability participant
  • 15. Footprints to Technology BuildingFootprints to Technology Building • 2004 – Construction Began • 2006 – Building Opened • Disability center downstairs • Youth center upstairs
  • 16. Partnerships in ProgrammingPartnerships in Programming • 2004 - BC Universal Access Initiative –Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities • 2005 – Footprints to Technology Program –One-on-one computer tutoring • 2006 – Employ-Ability –Career Development, Wellness, and Computer Technology • 2008 – Community Navigators –Peer Support program
  • 17. Advisory CommitteeAdvisory Committee Volunteers assist the project with community input and expertise at quarterly meetings
  • 18. Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program • A three year pilot project funded by OLT • To reach 90 people with disabilities and increase their employability
  • 19. EmployAbility - ModulesEmployAbility - Modules Modules of EmployAbility include: •Career Development, on site & distance learning •Personal Health & Wellness, on site •Assistive & Computer Technology, by distance learning Additions and Adaptations to the curriculum were made to include Aboriginal cultural values.
  • 20. E-A PIB Aboriginal OutcomesE-A PIB Aboriginal Outcomes Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009 • Employment Rate – 50% • Return to School Rate – 8% • Other forms of Education – 8% • Total achievement rate – 67%
  • 21. • “The more I do – day in and day out, in love and faith, it comes back to me a thousand fold, with every footprint I take I learn something. We grow from mud pies to masterpieces. I have to go forward, to look at what I can do, break through the boundaries of yesterday to little footprints today. My pieces are like little footprints of where I have been, am and am going.” Sophia Phillip Employ-Ability participant
  • 22. Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators • Recruit and train Aboriginal Peers and Elders with Disabilities to provide Peer Support • Help link Aboriginals on Reserve with community and Band services
  • 23. Community Navigator OutcomesCommunity Navigator Outcomes Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009 Total – 67 People Reached
  • 24. Community Navigator OutcomesCommunity Navigator Outcomes Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009 People that worked with a Navigator 67 Access Service Provider 14 Self-Employed 1 Employment 4 School 2 Volunteer 4
  • 25. “Through this program, a whole new world has opened up for Aboriginals’ with disabilities. They move beyond the fear, build self-confidence, and advocate for themselves. For so many years, it was ‘no no no…’, now, it’s ‘Yes I can.’” Della Shade Director, Social Development
  • 26. Aboriginal People with Disability:Aboriginal People with Disability: Focus on EmploymentFocus on Employment • Establish active information and resources for aboriginals with disabilities. • Disability policies in context of Aboriginal cultures. • Priorities in data collection (track successful programs). • Address specific needs of persons with disabilities. • Literacy and adult training as transition to employment. • Technology to empower Aboriginals with Disabilities. Where the River Flows: Aboriginal People with Disability, HRSDC Aboriginal Affairs Directorate, Oct 2006
  • 27. How can we work togetherHow can we work together to empower moreto empower more Aboriginals with Disabilities?Aboriginals with Disabilities?