In 2017, two surveys conducted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada were completed by Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people who self-identified as having or being the caretaker of someone with a disability. The need to address discrimination, and systemic and structural barriers was found. Most of the participants encountered accessibility difficulties when accessing federal services or programs, especially employment services.
From these findings, NWAC has proposed recommendations to create a more accessible and inclusive environment for Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people with disabilities. The recommendations include providing all communities and demographics with equal access to quality programs and services, investing in training and education to eliminate violence, barriers and stigma, empowering individuals through independence, and providing cultural, traditional and holistic services.