Many people feel that
the Canadian society is on the verge of significant change. The foundations of the welfare state have been eroding.
Canadians who depend on that system fear it will disappear. Others,
who feel the system works only to marginalize them, see an opportunity
to build something better.
If the welfare state
is crumbling, what will take its place? How will changes affect
society? How will we prepare for the transformation that seems already
to have begun?
Philia is a group of
Canadians looking for answers to these questions. We believe one
answer lies in challenging communities to welcome and encourage
the contributions of people who have traditionally been marginalized.
Historically, many people
have faced formidable barriers to participation, leaving many at
the mercy of the welfare system and government care agencies. But
when everyone is welcomed into communities and given all the rights
and responsibilities of full citizens, communities will be strengthened,
neighbourhoods enlivened and social institutions revitalized. People
with disabilities have valuable perspectives on community and citizenship
to lend to the national discussion on social policy. Now, with the
support of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, we are bringing
those ideas to all Canadians.
We seek a dialogue with
individuals from all sectors of Canadian society to:
- Discover and enliven
the social, spiritual and economic life of our communities.
- Encourage the full
citizenship and participation of Canadians with disabilities.
- Maximize the unique
and under utilized contributions of Canadians with disabilities.