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Disability is one of the intended results of a military campaign using landmines, because disabling people puts more stress on a nation than killing people. Landmines cause countless death, disability, disease, and displacements. Appalled by the human and socio-economic impact of landmines, the international community of persons with disabilities joined the campaign to ban landmines.
In 1996, then Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon. Lloyd Axworthy began the Ottawa Process to create an international treaty banning landmines. CCD's International Development Committee played an integral part in the Foreign Affairs conference on landmines, which was held in Winnipeg on January 31, 1997. The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy invited Henry Enns, a past Chair of the CCD International Development Committee, to be the Chairperson for the conference session on survivors' issues. Irene Feika and Steve Estey, CCD International Development Committee volunteers, also addressed the conference. CCD's objective was to ensure that the needs of landmine survivors, people with disabilities, became a central focus in all work on landmines.
CCD is a member of Mines Action Canada.
Canada signs the Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations. Members of the Canadian Delegation Steve Estey, Chair of CCD’s International Committee, and Dulcie McCallum observe Canada’s ambassador make this historic commitment.
HRSDC Minister Diane Finley, Defense Minister Peter MacKay, NDP Disability Critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Liberal MP Mike Savage, Liberal MP the Hon. Carolyn Bennett and Bloc MP Yves Lessard joined leaders from the disability community at a CCD celebration of Canada's ratification of the CRPD.