Nominate a volunteer for Canada's Volunteer Awards

Canada’s 150th anniversary is fast approaching in 2017. During this celebration year, it is important to acknowledge that our country would not be the same without the work of volunteers. Recognize the important work of volunteers across the country by nominating someone for Canada’s Volunteer Awards.

You are invited to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual, a group or a business who is making a difference in their community to receive an award.

The call for nominations is now open until February 3, 2017.

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Canada begins process to accede to the Optional Protocol of UN CRPD

There were expressions of triumph and joy from representatives of self-advocacy and disability rights groups, including the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada, following the announcement that the Government of Canada has begun the process to accede to the United Nations’ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

CACL was in Ottawa on December 1st when the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, made the announcement.

“Our willingness to move this protocol forward is a significant step in supporting the rights of Canadians with disabilities. This announcement helps us foster equality and inclusiveness and brings us closer to a more accessible Canada,” said Minister Qualtrough.

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Tenth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13, 2006. It was a historic milestone in advancing the rights and development of persons with disabilities.

The year 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD which continues to play a critical role in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their perspectives in the global agenda.

Over the past decade, progress has been made in disability-inclusive development at the international, national and sub-national levels.

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