Southern Alberta First Nations file human rights complaint over supports for disabled adults – Lethbridge News Now

Oct 14, 2022

SIKSIKA NATION, AB – Representatives from three First Nations in southern Alberta have filed a complaint against the federal government for alleged discrimination against adults with developmental disabilities.

The complaint from the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai or Blood Tribe First Nations, which was filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, accuses Indigenous Services Canada of “systemic discrimination” against adult members with disabilities.

Siksika Councillor Tracy McHugh said federal supports are available for children with disabilities who live on reserves until they turn 18. After that, families can stay on the reserves with no support or they can access help through Alberta’s Persons with Developmental Disabilities program. In order to get those provincial supports, they would have to move off reserve.

“Neither of those choices is ideal. Neither of those choices is something a parent or guardian should have to make,” said McHugh.

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