(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive calls on both the Government of Canada and Government of Saskatchewan to improve the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities.

The FSIN is concerned that some of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens – those living with disabilities – are struggling with an increasingly widening gap in their quality of life as governments continue to cut social programs. The Government of Saskatchewan recently announced cuts to the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program that will impact those who rely on the program.

“Our Inherent and Treaty Right to the Medicine Chest encompasses a variety of items including health care for our people living with disabilities,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “Many individuals living with disabilities have no choice but to depend exclusively on social programs for their food and shelter needs.”

“What is worse than denying a better quality of life to individuals living with a disability?” asks Vice Chief Merasty. “Raising their quality of life and then knocking them back down again.”

“Saskatchewan should reconsider these cuts as they impact those living with disabilities,” said Vice Chief Merasty. “Furthermore, if equity is the issue, all individuals living with a disability should be brought up to the highest standard currently provided rather than bringing all down to the lowest standard.”

The FSIN has also asked the Government of Canada to reconsider it’s cutting of the FSIN Disability Initiative – the only initiative in Saskatchewan that provides advocacy, awareness and liaison supports specifically for First Nations individuals living with disabilities in Saskatchewan – and requests to establish an assured income program for First Nations living with disabilities on-reserve.



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