Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities

Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities The voice of people with disabilities in Saskatchewan since 1973 SVOPD promotes:
. full and equal inclusion for people with disabilities in the community
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advance program and services to meet the needs of people with disabilities
. independent living principles including quality of life, consumer control, dignity and respect

advance program and services to meet the needs of people with disabilities
. independent living principles including quality of life, consumer control, dignity and respect

Operating as usual

08/22/2021

Walking With Grief - Helping Others Deal with Loss
Live Virtual Workshop: September 22-23, 9am-4pm CDT
This workshop is designed to give helpers an increased awareness of the dynamics of grief, and to provide tools and strategies to best support someone who is grieving.
Some of the Topics Included:
· Factors that Shape How Grief is Experienced
· Paths to Healing and Recovery
· Grief and Depression, Trauma and Addictions
· Considerations Related to Culture
· The Role of Remembering and Ritual
Trainer: John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW
John has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. He believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives.
Additional Training Options:
Live Webinar: October 22 - Register to join our one-hour live webinar.
On-Demand Workshop - Access our workshop from your computer, at any time.
On-Demand Webinar - Access this one-hour webinar from anywhere.

It’s official! The next federal election will take place on September 20, 2021.Elections Canada is looking to fill over ...
08/19/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Elections Canada. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

It’s official! The next federal election will take place on September 20, 2021.
Elections Canada is looking to fill over 200,000 paid positions at the next federal election. We encourage you to use Toolkit 2: Working at a federal election to help inform your community members. This toolkit provides practical information about working for an election, including answers to some key questions, work descriptions for all the available positions, and a comprehensive information guide.
You can get your members to start applying for these jobs right now! More information on employment opportunities during a federal election is also available at the Elections Canada website.
Elections Canada will be hosting an important webinar for our network on August 20, 2021 at 1 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). In this webinar we will go over everything you need to know about the 2021 General Election, the Voter Information Campaign and the tools and resources that are available to you. The meeting agenda is as follows:
1. Opening remarks
2. Information about Elections Canada and the Inspire Democracy program
3. General information about the election
4. Key tools for stakeholders
5. Questions and answers session
6. Closing remarks & calls to action
To register for this event, please visit https://ca01web.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YpduuvqT0rGd1nMNzXsgDFF6I7y1cTB4v_
Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact us, if you have any questions.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Elections Canada. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

08/12/2021

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - Balancing Acceptance and Change
Live Virtual Workshops:
September 17, 9am-4pm CDT
December 3, 9am-4pm CDT

This workshop explores key Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) concepts and useful skills such as tolerating distress, managing emotions, and enhancing interpersonal communication.

Some of the Topics Included:
· Balancing Acceptance and Change in DBT
· How Change Occurs in DBT
· Strategies and Tools for Mindfulness and Managing Emotions
· Strategies and Tools for Improving Interpersonal Relationships
· Strategies and Tools for Tolerating Distress

Trainer: Nadine Groves, MEd, RCC

Nadine has deep experience working as a clinician and educator in the field of mental health, crisis response, and trauma support. Her therapeutic work centers on balancing acceptance and change with clients while developing skills to enhance capacity for both. Nadine believes that people build their resilience by strengthening self-awareness, self-compassion, and meaningful interpersonal connections.

In advance of Phase 2 of the public hearings of the Select Committee on the Evolution of the Act respecting end-of-life ...
08/10/2021
The Treasure of Palliative Care

In advance of Phase 2 of the public hearings of the Select Committee on the Evolution of the Act respecting end-of-life care, the citizen network Living with Dignity (LWD) is launching a video entitled: The Treasure of Palliative Care.
This 10-minute video, which is available in English and French, answers six questions that are essential to understanding palliative care, before making end-of-life choices:
- Is palliative care only for people dying of cancer?
- Where can we receive palliative care?
- Does palliative care hasten death?
- Does morphine cause death?
- Should pain be part of the end of life?
- Is medical assistance in dying part of palliative care?
In addition to the short answers given by Dr. Golda Tradounsky and Dr. Patrick Vinay in the video, there are longer versions available for those who wish to go into more detail on any of the topics discussed.
All of these productions (14 in total) can be viewed at:
vivredignite.org/treasure

Available in English and French, The Treasure of Palliative Care is a 10-minute video that answers six essential questions to help you learn more about palliative care before you make end-of-life choices. https://youtu.be/2B2m-i3GTR8 In addition to the short answers given by Dr. Golda Tradounsky and...

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2021/08/elcc-nac-call-for-applications-news-release.html
08/09/2021
Government of Canada launches call for applications for the National Advisory Council on Early Learning and Child Care - Canada.ca

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2021/08/elcc-nac-call-for-applications-news-release.html

hild care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Yet too many families in Canada lack access to affordable, inclusive and high-quality child care. This is an economic issue as much as it is a social one. Without access to child care, parents—especially women—cannot fully participate in the economy...

08/09/2021

Motivational Interviewing - Strategies for Supporting Change
Live Virtual Workshops:
September 9, 9am-4pm CDT
November 2, 9am-4pm CDT

This workshop will provide new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with.

Some of Topics Included:
· Motivational Interviewing Principles
· Understanding your Client's Motivation
· Approaching Ambivalence and Resistance
· When to use Motivational Interviewing
· Recognizing and Supporting Change Talk





Trainer: Danielle Forth, MSc, RPsych

Danielle has close to twenty years of clinical experience working in front line mental health, consulting and teaching roles. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a private clinical practice working with individuals, couples and families on a variety of mental health issues. As a therapist, Danielle brings a strong desire to facilitate excellent and enjoyable learning experiences to her workshops that reflect her compassion, warmth and humour.



Additional Training Options:

Live Webinar: October 4 - Register to join our one-hour live webinar.

On-Demand Workshop - Access our workshop from your computer, at any time.

On-Demand Webinar - Access this one-hour webinar from anywhere.

08/09/2021

August RoundUp for Disability Without Poverty

Hello & Bonjour!

Want to see the incredible artists from previous RoundUps? Check out the videos here!

We hope you'll join us again for our August RoundUp, which is going to be another amazing one.

This month we’ll be welcoming singer songwriter Kristina Shelden, dancer and choreographer Martine Castera, and will witness Ysabelle Vautour complete a live painting over the course of our hour together.









Disability Without Poverty is a grassroots movement led by people with disabilities with room for all Canadians to join us. We want people with disabilities to be prosperous, realize our power, pursue our passions and participate in every aspect of society. The Monthly RoundUps will be a time to share stories and ideas from people with disabilities all across the country.

If you didn’t get a chance to join our previous RoundUps, these are fun, hour-long sessions, full of art, music, poetry and updates about the work that is happening.

Together we’ll ensure the Canadian Disability Benefit remains a national priority. Your contribution is welcome no matter how small or big and we are so excited about our growing connections.



Here are the details:

Where: Online (Zoom) - because of the pandemic, now, and the geography of Canada, always.

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Time: 12pm Pacific Time/3pm Eastern Time.

Guests:
Hosted by Luca Patuelli, with guests: musician Kristina Shelden, dancer and choreographer Martine Castera, and painter Ysabelle Vautour.

Who: Everyone! ASL, LSQ, English closed captioning, as well as Simultaneous French translation will be provided.

Please register here.



Would you like to share your art during one of our future RoundUps? We’d love to hear from you! Please connect at [email protected].

Looking forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,
Disability Without Poverty

08/09/2021

Your Recovery Journey with WRAP
A REASON TO HOPE, THE MEANS TO COPE
What is Your Recovery Journey with WRAP(Wellness Recovery Action Plan) ?
An online course of the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan that consists of 5-sessions
for people with lived experience with mental illness to provide information and skill
building support. It teaches people how to achieve a high level of wellness.
Who Should Attend?
People with lived experience with mental illness.
Schedule All Sessions are 2.5 hours
Session 1- September 13 Recovery and quality of life
Session 2 - September 20 Wellness toolbox and daily maintenance
Session 3 - September 27 Triggers, early warning signs, breaking down
Session 4 - October 4 Crisis plan, post crisis plan
Session 5 - October 18 Recovery topics
Location: Online - WebEx
Cost: Free
Space is Limited - Register today.
Phone: (306) 584-0755
Email: [email protected]

08/09/2021

Good afternoon,

For Canadian families, high-quality, affordable child care is not a luxury—it is a necessity. That’s why the Government of Canada is building a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, to ensure that all families have access to affordable, inclusive and high-quality child care no matter where they live. The system is being developed with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners.

In support to this commitment, the Government of Canada is creating the National Advisory Council on Early learning and Child Care.

Today, I launched the call for applications for this new advisory council. The Council will play an overarching and active role in representing the early learning and child care sector. It will also provide third-party expert advice and a forum for consultation on issues and challenges related to early learning and child care. The Council will include 12 to 14 members, including two co-chairpersons, who reflect Canada’s geographic, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic diversity and will include experts from across the early learning and child care sector.

If you are interested in being part of the Council, please consult the applicant guide, which provides more information on eligibility and the steps to submit your application. The deadline to apply is September 28, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

I invite you to read the announcement and to share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues and networks.

If you have any questions about this call for applications, please send an email to [email protected]

Sincerely,

The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen

06/24/2021

I am an assistant professor of critical disability studies in the department of child and youth studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. I am writing to extend an invitation for rural artists with disabilities to participate in research.

Our research project is called “Troubling Vocalities: Disability and Deaf Arts in Rural Canada.” We are hoping to interview disabled and Deaf artists about their experiences making art in rural parts of Turtle Island (North America) between now and August. This research has been approved by Brock University’s Research Ethics Board.

Our four-person research team is sharing this invitation with Voice of People with Disabilities in the hopes of reaching artists across the country who are underrepresented in this type of work. As someone who grew up in Saskatchewan (Nipawin and Regina) I am very aware that this kind of research tends to be concentrated in larger urban areas, so we are proposing a different approach. The English and ASL version of the invitation is available here: https://forms.gle/cPQckwLnoAtE9RfE7, and I am happy to supply an audio recording if this would be useful. We would appreciate if you could share this with people in your networks.

Thank you for considering this invitation. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to reach me at [email protected].

Warmly,
Chelsea Jones

06/23/2021

Today, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit. The benefit would help reduce poverty among low-income, working-age Canadians with disabilities by providing direct financial support.

Bill C-35, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, has been published here: LEGISinfo - House Government Bill C-35 (43-2) (parl.ca)

The Government of Canada committed in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to develop the first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). This plan will include:
• a new Canada Disability Benefit;
• a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities;
• and a better process to determine eligibility for federal disability programs and benefits.

The new Canada Disability Benefit is the cornerstone of this plan.

For more information, please see the news release and backgrounder: Government of Canada introduces legislation to create the new Canada Disability Benefit - Canada.ca

06/22/2021

Today, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit. The benefit would help reduce poverty among low-income, working-age Canadians with disabilities by providing direct financial support.

Bill C-35, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, has been published here: LEGISinfo - House Government Bill C-35 (43-2) (parl.ca)

The Government of Canada committed in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to develop the first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). This plan will include:
• a new Canada Disability Benefit;
• a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities;
• and a better process to determine eligibility for federal disability programs and benefits.

The new Canada Disability Benefit is the cornerstone of this plan.

For more information, please see the news release and backgrounder: Government of Canada introduces legislation to create the new Canada Disability Benefit - Canada.ca

06/21/2021

In July 2021, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is hosting four Policy Discussions on Autism. These sessions will explore key issues and potential policy solutions related to social inclusion, economic inclusion, and interventions.

REGISTER HERE

Discussion 1: Social Inclusion
July 19, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm ET

Discussion 2: Economic Inclusion
July 19, 3:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Discussion 3: Interventions
July 20, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm ET

Discussion 4: Overarching issues
July 20, 3:00 - 5:30 pm ET

These three themes – social inclusion, economic inclusion and interventions – were chosen by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The policy discussions follow a broad public consultation where Autistic individuals, family members, supporters and organizations shared a wide range of views around their needs and experiences. This is another opportunity to engage by providing input on possible strategies and approaches.

The Assessment on Autism committees will select specific issues and potential policy solutions for each discussion. These issues and discussion questions will be shared before the event.

Your perspective is important and we hope your organization will consider attending one or more of these discussions. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].



Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

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614 Grand Ave.
Indian Head, SK
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Bus #9 or Albert St. Express

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The provincial government is seeking public input in updating the Saskatchewan provincial accessibility legislation. The survey is due by March 31, and I had a long list of concerns. They also have a Discussion Guide to fill in. I hope many people take the time to have their say, and that it gets shared to many people
BRING BACK A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE TO THIS PROVINCE DECEMBER 26th 2018 Scrooge lives among us. He may even have had a hand in writing Saskatchewan’s budgets over the last few years—budgets that, in my view, reflect the meanness and injustice that Charles Dickens so despised. I will focus on the decision to shut down STC in 2017—a decision that left many people stranded, among them: People Who Can’t Afford A Car Seniors People With Disabilities People Fleeing Violent Situations Moreover, the plan that the private sector would take over isn’t working. Either there is no service or it is not reliable. Near the beginning of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge receives a visit from a gentleman soliciting funds to alleviate the suffering of the poor. “Many thousands are in want of common necessaries” says the man to Scrooge. “’Are there no prisons?’ asked Scrooge. ‘Plenty of prisons,’ said the gentleman.” A Christmas Carol tells the story of the transformation of Scrooge from a greedy, mean, and selfish man into someone engaged in the struggle to create a more just society. As is usual with Dickens, the poor and homeless are represented mainly as children. Tiny Tim, the youngest child of Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit, highlights the plight of those affected by the greed and meanness the unreformed Scrooge exemplifies. Like me, Tiny Tim has a disability. Were he living in Saskatchewan today, he would, like me, need a public intercity bus service to travel outside his community. Without such a service, I am unable to travel outside of Regina to visit family and friends or to attend meetings or events. I am, in essence, a prisoner in my community. Since 2017, I have come to the Legislative Building many times to tell you about the impact of the shutdown of STC on me and other people with disabilities. It made no difference to the 2018 -2019 budget. Let’s hope it is a transformed Scrooge who writes the 2019 -2020 budget. He would definitely bring back STC. Sincerely Dylan Morin
Urgent Need to Strengthen Bill C-81 - Accessible Canada Act https://goo.gl/17NGzY {Image: symbolic of the need for stronger rights legislation for disabled Canadians. Young man in wheelchair lowering himself down a long flight of stairs by holding onto a handrail}.
Hello, I've read the info on the website and the only question I have is ....what types of issues does your organization not deal with that are common among the disabled?
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