Freeing our people: Updates from the long road to deinstitutionalization

Dear Friends, We would like to share with you an article that was written by Kory Earle, President of People First of Canada, and Natalie Spagnuolo, a friend of People First of Canada. People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual d
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Latest Edition Institution Watch Newsletter

Latest Edition – Institution Watch Newsletter

On behalf of Laurie Larson and Shane Haddad (Co-Chairs), and the entire CACL PFC National Task Force on the Right to Live in Community, we are pleased to share the latest edition of the Institution Watch newsletter. This edition is dedicated to highlighting the stories of those who ha
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7th Annual Policy Forum on Inclusion

People First of Canada is pleased to be co-hosting the 7th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion with the Canadian Association for Community Living, and in collaboration with the Office for Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada. The focus of this year’s
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What Have I Learned from People First?

For People First of Canada’s 25th anniversary, we asked our members, advisors, supporters and staff to send us a little video and tell us what they have learned from being involved with People First over the years. We want to thank everybody who contributed a video and a special
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People First of Canada Position Paper on Doctor-Assisted Dying

People First of Canada held its spring board meeting this past weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During the meetings, the PFC board finalized our position paper on doctor-assisted dying legislation and our support of the Vulnerable Persons Standard.
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Institution Watch Newsletter – Spring 2016 Edition!

On behalf of Laurie Larson and Shane Haddad (Co-Chairs) and the entire CACL PFC National Task Force on the Right to Live in Community, we are pleased to share the latest edition of the Institution Watch newsletter. This is a powerful edition that looks at the inappropriate placement o
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Video Series – This Is My Life

People First of Ontario (PFO) has developed a great new resource in the form of a video series called This Is My Life. The videos are part of a project called Our Community Our Lives: Strengthening Communities through Active Living and Social Inclusion. There are 14 videos in total, f
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People First of Canada’s 25th Anniversary!

Today is the 25th anniversary of People First of Canada’s official beginning! We will be celebrating this accomplishment throughout the year and having our one-day conference and gala in October 2016. Stay tuned for more details!
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People First of Canada and the Manitoba Opera

Did you know that People First of Canada has been working with the Manitoba Opera? We are representing on a committee that is looking at a character in the play Of Mice and Men. The character has an intellectual disability and they want to make sure he is shown with dignity. Our presi
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SIGN TO SUPPORT THE STANDARD – Doctor Assisted Dying and the Vulnerable Persons Standard

When it comes to the right-to-die laws, we need safeguards for vulnerable people. This includes people with intellectual disabilities. The Vulnerable Persons Standard is a series of evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards will help make s
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