Neil Squire Society &Neil Squire Society &
Penticton Indian BandPenticton Indian Band
Penticton Indian BandPenticton Indian Band
Neil Squire SocietyNeil Squire Society
Neil Squire: Where we areNeil Squire: Where we are
• Burnaby, BC
• Regina, SK
• Ottawa, ON
• Fredericton, NB
• Moncton, NB
Distance Partners: Where we areDistance Partners: Where we are
• Penticton, BC
• Vernon, BC
• Osoyoos, BC
• Weyburn, SK
• ...
Where we can go and growWhere we can go and grow
“ The building is a safe
haven for learning. I
believe it is the best
program for support and
learning in the Penticton
ar...
Statistical BackgroundStatistical Background
“In 2006, the number of people that identified
themselves as an Aboriginal pe...
Statistical BackgroundStatistical Background
“In 2006, 4.4 million Canadians … reported
having an activity limitation yiel...
Statistical BackgroundStatistical Background
“… the fact that the overall rate of Aboriginal
disability is at least twice ...
Aboriginals with DisabilitiesAboriginals with Disabilities
Approximately, 29% (335,418) Aboriginals
live with a Disability...
“The facilitators at the
Footprints and Neil
Squire Society are very
supportive and helpful.
The career and health
and wel...
Aboriginal People with Disability:Aboriginal People with Disability:
Focus on EmploymentFocus on Employment
• Establish ac...
“ 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 ...
Footprints to Technology BuildingFootprints to Technology Building
• 2004 – Construction
Began
• 2006 – Building Opened
• ...
Partnerships in ProgrammingPartnerships in Programming
• 2004 - BC Universal Access Initiative
–Assistive Technology for P...
Advisory CommitteeAdvisory Committee
Volunteers assist the project with
community input and expertise at
quarterly meetings
Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program
• A three year pilot project funded by OLT
• To reach...
EmployAbility - ModulesEmployAbility - Modules
Modules of EmployAbility include:
•Career Development, on site &
distance l...
E-A PIB Aboriginal OutcomesE-A PIB Aboriginal Outcomes
Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009
• Employment Rate – 50%
• Re...
• “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...
Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators
• Recruit and train
Aboriginal Peers and
Elders with Disabilities
to provide Peer...
Community Navigator OutcomesCommunity Navigator Outcomes
Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009
Total – 67 People Reached
Community Navigator OutcomesCommunity Navigator Outcomes
Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009
People that worked with a ...
“Through this program, a whole new world
has opened up for Aboriginals’ with
disabilities. They move beyond the fear,
buil...
Aboriginal People with Disability:Aboriginal People with Disability:
Focus on EmploymentFocus on Employment
• Establish ac...
How can we work togetherHow can we work together
to empower moreto empower more
Aboriginals with Disabilities?Aboriginals ...
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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 tutoring, wage subsidy, and other labour market programming.

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Neil Squire Penticton Indian Band History

  1. 1. Neil Squire Society &Neil Squire Society & Penticton Indian BandPenticton Indian Band
  2. 2. Penticton Indian BandPenticton Indian Band
  3. 3. Neil Squire SocietyNeil Squire Society
  4. 4. Neil Squire: Where we areNeil Squire: Where we are • Burnaby, BC • Regina, SK • Ottawa, ON • Fredericton, NB • Moncton, NB
  5. 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. 6. Where we can go and growWhere we can go and grow
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Footprints to Technology BuildingFootprints to Technology Building • 2004 – Construction Began • 2006 – Building Opened • Disability center downstairs • Youth center upstairs
  16. 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. 17. Advisory CommitteeAdvisory Committee Volunteers assist the project with community input and expertise at quarterly meetings
  18. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 23. Community Navigator OutcomesCommunity Navigator Outcomes Apr 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2008 – Dec 2009 Total – 67 People Reached
  24. 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. 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. 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. 27. How can we work togetherHow can we work together to empower moreto empower more Aboriginals with Disabilities?Aboriginals with Disabilities?

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