The Hamlet of Aklavik has seen three new accessibility ramps built and for that it has been recognized with the NWT Human Rights Commission Accessibility Award.
The award recognizes new and existing physical and/or non-physical accommodations that businesses or governments make to increase accessibility to their services.
Aklavik recently completed three accessibility ramps for public spaces in the community.
The ramps make buildings more accessible for persons with disabilities.
Buildings which had ramps improved or replaced include the Hamlet office, Stanton’s Store, and the recreational complex.
The Hamlet also has plans to upgrade the ramp to the curling rink entrance.
“Getting around in the physical world is something that many of us take for granted. It is critical to reduce barriers and have equal participation of persons with varying levels of ability in communities”, says Charles Dent, Chair of the Commission. “The Commission commends the the Hamlet of Aklavik for making their buildings more accessible to ensure that people with disabilities have physical access to buildings that are used by the public and are able to fully participate in the community.”
The NWT Human Rights Commission works to promote equality human rights and protect individuals and groups from discrimination under the NWT Human Rights Act.