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Treaty Seven Disability Services

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Resource Name: Treaty Seven Disability Services

Associated Organizations: Treaty Seven Economic Development Corporation

Country of Origin: Canada 

Address: Suite 300, 6011 1A St. SW

City:  Calgary

State or Province: Alberta

ZIP or Postal Code:  T2H 0G5

Telephone:  403 251-9242

Fax: 403 251-9750

Email: frankl@t7edc.com 

Site Summary:  Provide disability services for First Nations who reside in the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which encompasses the southern half of the province of Alberta.

Comments: Aboriginal peoples in Canada are dying of poverty-related diseases such as tuberculosis and diabetes at rates far higher than Canadians overall. They experience lower life expectancies and higher child mortality rates. Aboriginal people are unemployed at a rate two to three times higher than the Canadian national unemployment rate, and Aboriginal Canadians hold more in common with distant states like Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Nicaragua – the so-called “third world” – than they do with their immediate neighbors in Canadian small towns or in urban centres (Charleson, 1998).

Aboriginal people with disabilities have many needs and the complexity of the issues related to their successful rehabilitation and participation in programs continue to challenge the service delivery system and its providers. Many remain unserved, under served, or inappropriately served. Some of the factors which impact on the varying levels of service delivery include language, culture, time and distance, communication, limited awareness by service providers regarding culturally distinct groups, differing priorities, and differing values (O’Connell, 1987). High levels of poverty experienced by Aboriginal peoples have strongly influenced levels of certain chronic and acute conditions over time and have limited their life chances (Young, 1994a, 1994b)

Disability Association(s): All Disabilities

Internet Location: http://www.t7edc.com 

Internet Resource Type: Web Site

Resource Type: Global Legal and Policy



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