BCPF Membership is for people in British Columbia who identify as having a disability - and who support self-advocacy efforts and our BCPF mission to advocate for the rights, wants, and needs of all people with disabilities with a focus on the rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In Canada, the People First movement began in 1973 when Self-Advocates came together from all over North America to talk about their rights. For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their first issue was their right to live in the community – to get out of institutions. By 1974, the first People First Chapter was up and running here in British Columbia. This first group was made up of men and women who lived in an institution and wanted to get out. They wanted to live in the community and have their voice, their choice, and their rights. For the next several years, People First groups began to form in provinces, territories, and communities across the country and these groups continue to grow and thrive.
To this day, BC People First still advocates for the rights and needs of our members and all people with disabilities. Such as affordable housing, relationship rights, increasing PWD rates, community accessibility, plus much more. As a grassroots volunteer-run nonprofit society we promote and support self-advocacy training and peer mentorships. We want quality of life and equal rights for all people in our society and we work towards full implementation of the UNCRPD. Plus, there are community involvement and social opportunities for BCPF Members who want to get more involved.
Find the BCPF Membership form by clicking HERE. Let us know if you have any questions about membership before you fill in the membership form or if you need support to fill out the form. Get in touch with us if you want to start your own People First BC Chapter in your British Columbia city/town or First Nation.
Become a BC People First Member today to stand up against ableism in our society.
Being a BCPF Member is important to me because it is a good way to connect with others and get advocacy tips
~ Amber S., BCPF Member since 2010