On Monday (January 15, 2024), the Province released important information related to its implementation of the Human Rights Remedy. The Interim Progress Report contains vitally important information to show the DRC and the Nova Scotia public: where things stand regarding Remedy implementation, as well as what in fact the Province has done by way of reforms.
The Disability Rights Coalition invites you to a community forum and celebration of the systemic human rights remedy to end the discrimination against persons with disabilities in their access to social assistance and supports and services to live in community.
And we want to celebrate with you this important milestone in the struggle for equality for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia. We hope that you will join us!
[Image by Kohji Asakawa from Pixabay]
The Disability Rights Coalition is seeking new members – expressions of interest in becoming a member can be sent to us from our Contact Us page.
The DRC welcomes the Premier’s apology to persons with disabilities as an important first step towards reconciliation with a community whose members have experienced extreme forms of systemic discrimination over decades. This important gesture by the Premier comes at a key moment as the Province moves toward addressing & ending its practices and policies that lead to the discriminatory treatment.
Jen Powley, author and advocate for people with disabilities, has died. She was 45. [photo: contributed]
Having filed its human rights claim in 2014, the Disability Rights Coalition is very happy to report that we have achieved what we feel is a tremendous remedy to the systemic discrimination found by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in October 2021.
On June 28, 2023, the human rights Board of Inquiry approved an Interim Consent Order, which will start a step by step 5 year plan for the government to end the systemic discrimination of persons with disabilities in their access to social assistance including supports and services to live in community.
A settlement agreement has been approved in the case of the province’s systemic discrimination against disabled Nova Scotians, stipulating the closure over the next five years of all institutions for people with disabilities. [photo: Ryan Taplin]
Plan based on recommendation to move most people in institutions into housing in communities by 2025, [photo: Evan Mitsui/CBC]
The Board of inquiry will hear from the parties with respect to a systemic human rights remedy and the details of an interim agreement with respect to monitoring and enforcement of that agreement to end discrimination against persons with disabilities in their access to social assistance.
The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax-Bedford, 980 Parkland Drive, Halifax.
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson formally apologized in the legislature Thursday to former residents of the Manitoba Developmental Centre, one of the country’s last large institutional facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. [photo: Manitoba Archives]