HEALING

Examining and drawing strength from healing practices across nations.

For thy child

by Ken Robertson

Weytk!

I greet all of you with the traditional greeting of my Secwepemc language. As a member of the unceded Shuswap Nation, I respect the nation-to-nation meeting place of Toronto which is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to dwell in the community and on this territory.

As parents of two special needs children, my wife and I are aware of the lack of resources and support for families in Ontario. My family and I had to move off our reservation to attain proper treatment and support services for our two children, who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a pervasive disorder, affecting one in sixty-eight people and now the fastest-growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.

I believe it would be helpful for the Trudeau government to work nation-to-nation to develop a strategy for Autism Spectrum Disorder for First Nations, Inuit, Non-Status and Métis peoples. I wish to bring forth awareness and education campaigns as well as innovative arrangements to fund therapy, surveillance, respite care, community initiatives, and research for children, adolescents and adults.

I am asking for your support of my daughter’s petition and I hope you will consider sharing it with your friends and family in order for it to acquire the necessary five hundred digital signatures by the May 4th 2017 deadline.

My family loves Toronto and this is our home.

Thank you, Kukwstsétsemc. Ken Robertson

Text of E-697 (Health Care Services)

Petition to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Whereas:

  • Autism spectrum disorder is a pervasive disorder, which affects one in sixty-eight people;
  • The goal is to acquire a report of Urban Aboriginal Children with Autism and details of the wait list of care for off-reserve children;
  • It would be helpful for the Trudeau government to work with the provinces and territories and stakeholders to develop a pan-Canadian strategy for Autism spectrum disorder, including, awareness and education campaigns, child, and adolescent and adult intervention innovative funding arrangements for financing therapy, surveillance, respite care, community initiatives, and research.

We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens, call upon the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to present findings to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

To sign the petition, please follow the link at fourdirectionsautism.ca.

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