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 A New Way of Thinking? Government Tell Me More Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities



Caring Citizen — Government

Governments are awakening to the value of inclusion and full participation of individuals with disabilities in society. They are beginning to recognize their responsibility to enable full citizenship for everyone.

The following links will provide you with some insight on government thinking about citizenship and disability.

Please note that we offer these references in the spirit of dialogue. We do not endorse their content.

We would be interested in your observations, comments or critiques of these documents, or please let us know about other government initiatives promoting citizenship.

We welcome your contributions.


A BC Cabinet Minister’s Perspective

In May of this year British Columbians elected a new BC Liberal government with a sweeping mandate [77 of 79 seats] for change.  Gordon Hogg, a former mayor and a fan of both Robert Putnam and John McKnight, brought a deep sense of community and caring to the portfolio of Children and Family Development.  Within four months of being appointed to Cabinet, Minister Hogg produced a discussion paper on the future of Community Living Services in his province.  In early October, A Discussion Paper on Community Living Services was released.  Families have described Minister Hogg’s words as the first time they have read something out of the a government department that honours and respects the role of the family.  The paper presents a far reaching discussion calling for fundamental change in the way government relates to families and people with a disability – change that creates capacity in communities, strengthens families and builds resilience in individuals.

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The Honourable Gordon Hogg
Minister of Children and Family Development
Province of British Columbia
Parliament Buildings – Room 028

Victoria, BC V8W 9E2

In Unison

The Ministers of Health across Canada have developed a unified strategy toward issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. In Unison was published in 1998 and the first evaluation of their unified approach was published in May 2001.

Note: The government of Quebec was not a participant in the deliberations that led to the publication of In Unison but supported the initiative.

For additional copies please contact:

Human Resources Development Canada
140 Promenade Du Portage
Phase IV Level O
Hull, Quebec K1A 0J9
Fax: (819) 953-7260

For more information:
Call Toll Free 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) for information on programs and services.

Or contact the Office for Disability Issues:

25 Eddy St - Suite 100
Hull, Quebec K1A 0M5
Phone: (819) 997-2412 o Fax: (819) 953-4797

FULL CITIZENSHIP: A Manitoba Strategy on Disability

The White Paper, Full Citizenship: A Manitoba Strategy on Disability proposes a comprehensive Provincial strategy on disability. It responds to recommendations from the disabilities community in the areas of access to government, employment, disability supports, services to Aboriginal persons with disabilities and income supports. If further proposes measures to enhance government accountability for access and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Manitoba Family Services
Administration and Finance
219-114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4V6
Phone: (204) 945-3242

Saskatchewan Disability Action Plan

The 15 member Saskatchewan Council on Disability Issues was established to provide advice to government on disability issues and guidance in the development of the Disability Action Plan. Saskatchewan’s Disability Action Plan reflects their understanding and approach to addressing issues that impact the lives of persons with disabilities and their families in Saskatchewan. It outlines elements of a new direction for government to address disability issues. This direction is based on a citizenship approach. For the Council, citizenship refers to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the social, economic and political life of our province.

The Council recognizes that the achievement of full citizenship for persons with disabilities is a process that will be only achieved over the long term. The Action Plan identifies a series of directions (Path Forward) and suggested actions (First Steps) that will move toward the vision of full citizenship. These actions represent measures that the Council believes are the most critical to removing barriers to full citizenship and that are attainable in the near future.

The Disability Action Plan is available in the Saskatchewan government’s Office of Disability Issues website. Contact:

The Office of Disability Issues

14th Floor
1920 Broad Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada, S4P 3V6
TTY: (306) 787-7283

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