All year we have hosted conversations, panels and workshops, given presentations and grants and have made documentaries about the ideas and experience of Disability Pride.
Sherwin Strong: Disability Pride 2017, a 7 minute documentary produced by Inclusion BC Foundation, premiered at screenings across the province through our 3rd annual UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival on December 3rd.
Sherwin Glen Dan Strong is a musician and self-advocate living in Comox, BC. Adopted as a baby, he's had a transformational journey through 39 surgeries, learning from his past and finding his own lifestyle and wisdom. Sherwin shares his perspective and experiences of Disability Pride 2017, inviting us all to be part of a movement whose time has come.
The Story Behind Disability Pride 2017, a 7 minutes documentary produced by us, premiered at our 2nd annual Film Festival at the end of 2016. It started a conversation about Pride in the Community Inclusion Movement. We looked at the history of our movement and other civil rights movements and then we went out and talked about it. For other groups, discovering Pride was an important step on their path towards acceptance and inclusion. Are we ready for it?
Carla Qualtrough, Canada's Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, sent us a video message just before our June 15th Celebration and March, saying she wished she could be there with us and that she particularly like that one of the main ways we are encouraging people to celebrate Disability Pride 2017 is through conversation. "I think this is a great idea! In fact, I have just released a report to share what we learned through conversations with Canadians asking what an accessible Canada mens to them”.
June 15th Disability Pride 2017 Celebration and March CBC coverage.
On June 16th, the day after the March, we had a public open space to talk about how people felt after participating in the celebration and march and showed Minister Qualthrough's video in the meeting. We filmed what people had to say after seeing this video to them from Minister with a disability and made our own video message and sent it back to her.