Manitoba man one step closer to human rights victory
The New Year brought a small victory for a St. Theresa Point family.
Kevin Taylor found out on New Year's Day that a complaint he filed to the Canadian Human Rights Commission had been accepted to move on to a tribunal.
The 32-year-old filed the complaint in 2010 citing the inadequate health care for disabled people on First Nations is discrimination.
Taylor has cerebral palsy and has limited speech and walks with crutches.
He lives in a small house with his mother, father, and two brothers. The family just got running water last year.
"It was so overwhelming in a way because I never thought I would get this far," says Alice Taylor, who is Kevin's mother. "
Alice Taylor says Kevin only gets home care once a week. He is taken to the nursing station for a bath because it is properly equipped for a person with mobility issues.
Kevin needs physiotherapy and speech therapy, but those services are not available in the remote community.
"He needs help, like every other special needs person," says Alice Taylor. "I just want him to stay in his home."
Alice Taylor, who is 55 years old, says her own health isn't good. She recently just beat kidney cancer. She worries she won't be able to take care of her son for much longer.
"Instead of him having to move to an institution or somewhere out there, I really want him to be in the community and have the community be involved with our special needs people," says Taylor.
The federal government has one month to appeal the Canadian Human Rights Commission's decision.
Taylor hopes it doesn't come to that, especially after waiting four years for this development.
"It's been frustrating sometimes, when you think about it, and looking at him crawling around on the floor, you wonder what's going to happen," says Taylor.
Taylor hopes the Human Right's Tribunal hearings will be held in St. Theresa Point. She says that way the commission can see first hand the lack of services for disabled people and hear from the community.
If the Tribunal finds discrimination, the federal government could have to fund services for special needs people on reserve.