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‘No supports’ for First Nations adults with disabilities on reserve, advocates say – Global News

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 202318 Views

November 16, 2023

Kaylie Bercier has dreams and goals, but her family says there are many hurdles in the way of achieving them because the services needed to support her through her disabilities just aren’t there.

“If you live off-reserve, the services are there, but if you live on-reserve, they’re not,” Kaylie’s mom, Jenn Bercier of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, said.

It’s a reason why the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba has released a report outlining 31 recommendations to enhance services and supports for First Nations adults living with disabilities, called “Supporting the Gifts of First Nations Adults Living with Exceptionalities.”

Many of the recommendations focus on person-centred care and caregiver support in First Nations communities, which Bercier feels is lacking.

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