Institution Watch Newsletter for July 2020 (PDF)

The above link is a downloadable PDF version of the July 2020 issue “Institution Watch Newsletter”. The newsletter comes from a joint task force on Deinstitutionalization between People First Canada and Canadian Association for Community Living.

The newsletter is “monitoring the progress toward a vision of full community living for all persons with intellectual disabilities”.

Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, states the right to choose residency on an equal basis with others, however institutionalization is still enforced due to isolation, segregation, and lack of control or decision-making. This article focuses on issues of institutionalization in the province of Nova Scotia.

Finding Our Power Together – Building Our Bundle Program

Finding Our Power Together (Hyperlink to FOPT Facebook page included) is a collaborative partnership between young people in remote First Nation communities and Indigenous and non-Indigenous members in southern Ontario. 

FOPT is running a program called Building our Bundle. The program seeks to build social connections and relationships across Turtle Island. Building our Bundle officially starts July 20th with the first video posted to introduce activities. See below for Image Descriptions and contact FOPT if interested in facilitating this program in your community.

Image Description: 
Title is Finding Our Power Together. Subtitle is Building Our Bundle Program. Text reads Join us for a 6-session online program to learn mental health skills, cultural teachings, and self-reflection practices. Weekly and monthly prize draws! Drop in anytime! Eligibility must be between 14 and 29; Must have access to a wifi-enabled device; Must have parent/organizational consent if under 18; Must agree to appropriate online conduct. Contact FOPT if you are interested in facilitating in your community!

How it Works

Image Description: Title is Building Our Bundle. Subtitle is How it Works. Text reads Follow Finding Our Power Together on Instagram or Facebook; Watch for weekly prompts every Monday; Participate on your own time; Submit weekly photo challenges by tagging us every Friday to enter into our weekly prize draw; Track your progress: Complete all 6 photo challenges for a chance to win a Samsung tablet! Contact us for more details or to access the participation guide.

Bottom reads: www.findingourpowertogether.com

Barriers of Accessibility

Check out our PDF titled The Importance of Accessibility that shares information about the barriers to accessibility.

“understanding accessibility means to discover and raise awareness”

#AccessibleCanada #AccessAbility Week

NDMS is hiring!

We are hiring 2 full time contract positions: PROJECT INSTRUCTOR

The Project Instructor will deliver Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society’s (NDMS) job readiness curriculum through the Tunnganarniq Training Centre for persons livingwith a disability. The successful candidate will be required to conduct job readiness and job search workshops to motivate participants and help them develop the skills needed to secure employment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Develop and prepare training materials and lesson plans.
• Administer and interpret approved aptitude and proficiency tests including an • ILP according to prescribed procedures.
• Provide job coaching and job search assistance.
• Provide classroom instruction to participants in computer literacy, job search techniques, life skills, money management, job retention strategies, pre-vocational/career transition opportunities and one-on-one tutoring.
• Use classroom instruction and group participation activities to assist program participants in learning basic math, reading, writing skills, vocabulary, and grammar.
• Develop teaching outlines and select and/or design appropriate instructional materials.
• Develop individual participant assessment based on participant’s performance and reports on participant progress.
• Provide individual tutoring related to individual needs in areas of basic skills, vocational exploration, goal setting, and problem-solving.
• Conduct needs assessment through formal and informal evaluation.
• Recruit, engage, instruct and retain participants and co-op placement.
• Participate in employer engagement events including seeking co-op placements for participants.
• Maintain detailed records, and complete regular reports as per prescribed deadline.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Expectations:

• Minimum 2 years experience working with people with disabilities.
• Experience working in a formal classroom setting considered an asset.
• Expert people person, comfortable mentoring and developing skills in others.
• Good decision making skills and the ability to think critically.
• Report writing an asset including: weekly reports, grants, proposals, and tenders.
• Proficiency with Email, Internet, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Excel spreadsheets.
• Ability to communicate in English is required, and ability to communicate in Inuktitut and/or French considered an asset

Location: Iqaluit, NU
Date of commencement: June 2020 to March 31, 2021
Deadline: June 15, 2020
Priority Hiring: Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries.

Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to:

Email: connect@nuability.ca

PO Box 4212,
Iqaluit, NU X0A 1H0
P: 867-979-2228

Equity and Accessibility

What should happen after accessibility week?

We need to create a permanent equity pathway for Nunavummi with disabilities by removing systemic and environmental barriers.

After the National AcccessAbility Week, we can all do better together to remove the barriers and make a more inclusive and accessible community.

To learn more, please contact us at connect@nuability.ca

#AccessibleCanada #TogetherApart

What is accessibiilty?

Take a look at our PDF titled Presentation ACCESSIBILITY under our resources tab. We share information about the Accessible Canada Act and the standards of accessibility including customer service, information and communication, employment, transportation, and design of public spaces. #AccessibleCanada #TogetherApart

National AccessAbility Week

NDMS is celebrating National AccessAbility Week from May 31 to June 6, 2020. Let’s dedicate this week to accessibility and inclusion in Canada. Find out more: Canada.ca/accessability-week

#AccessibleCanda #TogetherApart

Youth Programs

Are you a youth between the ages of 15 and 30?
Unemployed…….?
Out of school……?
Interested in making films…….?

We are looking for youth ages 15-30 who are interested in a skill-building program followed by a co-op placement with a film production company. This is your chance to learn new skills, discover your interests, make films and do some cool stuff!!!

If this sounds like you, please e-mail our Employment Specialist at janna@nuability.ca or call our office to reserve your spot! Registration is required.

867-979-2228

A Walk for Kenneth

We are sharing a Facebook post we came across earlier today by Jenna Kilabuk in Pangnirtung, Nunavut listed below.

NDMS will be participating in the Iqaluit walk this Sunday, July 15th at 2pm. We will meet in the parking lot of the Legislative Assembly and will walk down past the RCMP and back towards Tim Hortons, then up the hill ending at the High School. Feel free to participate in the entire walk or just a part of it. If you would like to make a donation to the family, please contact us!

 A Walk for Kenneth 

I am asking our friends to join me and my son in doing A Walk for Kenneth this Sunday July 15, 2018 at 2:00PM to end of the road. I feel like this is the last thing I can do ~ to raise awareness & hope for persons with disabilities.

For those who don’t know Kenneth. He is turning 5 years old next month and doesn’t have a wheel chair of his own and has been waiting a few years to get one. We live in Pangnirtung, Nunavut which living up north has its own unique challenges. He has never walked in his life, only crawls, due to his disabilities. DR. told us last year that he will never walk. We requested this piece of equipment years ago and he was fitted one year ago in Ottawa but nothig yet. However, I feel lucky to borrow a wheel chair from our health centre that belonged to a late elder and to be able to take him around with it but he cannot operate it on his own as it is not fitted to him, the wheels being too far to reach and not having enough support on his back so he only uses it when we push him. I can’t even begin to share what we go through as it is too humiliating. 

My question is… do children in Canada wait this many years to get a wheel chair? Is this normal? I hope not as I do not want any child to go through what we go through. Sharing love and hope to all our little heroes.

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NDMS is hiring an Employment Specialist!

The Employment Specialist will deliver Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society’s (NDMS) job readiness curriculum through the Tunnganarniq Training Centre for persons living with a disability. The successful candidate will be required to conduct job readiness and job search workshops to motivate participants and help them develop the skills needed to secure and maintain employment. The successful candidate will be required to travel to other communities.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Develop and prepare training materials and lesson plans.
• Administer and interpret approved aptitude and proficiency tests including an ILP according to prescribed procedures.
• Provide job coaching and job search assistance.
• Provide classroom instruction to participants in computer literacy, job search techniques, life skills, money management, job retention strategies, pre-vocational/career transition opportunities and one-on-one tutoring.
• Use classroom instruction and group participation activities to assist program participants in developing numeracy, literacy, and transferable skills.
• Develop teaching outlines and select and/or design appropriate instructional materials.
• Develop individual participant assessment based on performance and report on participant progress.
• Provide individual tutoring related to individual needs in areas of basic skills, vocational exploration, goal setting, and problem-solving.
• Conduct needs assessment through formal and informal evaluation.
• Recruit, engage, instruct and retain participants.
• Participate in employer engagement events and promote inclusive hiring practices.
• Maintain detailed records, and complete regular reports as per prescribed deadline.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Expectations:
• Bachelor Degree or Diploma in a human services field or other relevant degree.
• Minimum 2 years experience working with people with disabilities.
• Experience working in a formal classroom setting considered an asset.
• Expert people person, comfortable mentoring and developing skills in others.
• Good decision-making​ skills and the ability to think critically.
• Report writing an asset including: weekly reports, grants, proposals, and tenders.
• Proficiency with Email, Internet, Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets.
• Ability to communicate in English is required, and ability to communicate in Inuktitut and/or French considered a strong asset

Location: Iqaluit, NU
Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2018
Priority Hiring: Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries.

Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to:

connect@nuability.ca
PO Box 4212,
Iqaluit, NU X0A 1H0
P: 867-979-2228