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Wheelchair Accessible Vans: Bridging Gaps in Inclusivity

Is your First Nations community looking to bring people together and make it more cohesive? Learn how wheelchair accessible vans can help with that.
Accessible promaster mobility van with ramp deployed. Wheelchair accessible van.

In First Nations cultures, social gatherings hold deep significance, serving as more than mere events. They are cherished traditions that bring together the wisdom of elders and the energy of youth, forming a vital bridge between generations.

I’m Andrew, an account executive at MoveMobility, specializing in serving First Nations communities. My sales background and mobility solutions expertise uniquely position me to bridge the gap between government grants and accessible transportation for these communities.

My geographical curiosity enables me to connect with remote communities. Our wheelchair accessible vans, especially the [P-Series], address the specific needs of these regions.



These vans play a crucial role in:

  • Event transportation
  • Eliminating generation gaps
  • Fostering social cohesion

Let’s explore how they can be catalysts for preserving tradition and promoting unity within First Nations communities.


The heart of First Nations gatherings

There are many gatherings and traditional events that Canadian Indigenous communities celebrate. Some of them are:

  • Powwows: Powwows are big inclusive community gatherings for First Nations people. They include dancing, singing, and socializing. It’s a time for everyone to come together, share their culture, and have a good time.
  • Feast days: Feast days are special occasions when First Nations communities gather to celebrate. They involve sharing meals, often with traditional foods, and sometimes include ceremonies or events to honor specific cultural or spiritual aspects.
  • Sweat lodge ceremonies: Sweat lodge ceremonies are like a First Nations sauna experience. People go into a small, heated structure to sweat and purify themselves. It’s a spiritual and cleansing practice that’s important in many First Nations cultures.
  • Smudging ceremonies: Smudging ceremonies involve burning sacred herbs, like sage or cedar, to cleanse a person or space of negative energy. It’s like using a spiritual air freshener to make things feel positive and pure.
  • Drum circles: Drum circles are gatherings where people sit in a circle and play drums together. The rhythmic beats have cultural and spiritual significance. It’s a way for the community to connect, celebrate, and express themselves through music.


Connecting generations through traditions

In the heart of First Nations communities, social gatherings mirror the warmth of a campfire, uniting people in indescribable ways. Elders, living history books, share wisdom, passing down languages and dances. A vivid journey into cultural roots, where drumbeats connect generations. These events, beyond mere happenings, weave the fabric of tradition, fostering a deep connection to land and ancestors. 

Different traditions, such as powwows and feasts, are important because they have special meaning in the culture and spirit. They bring people together to share stories, laugh, and recognize past struggles. Even as they enjoy music and dance, the main purpose is to make their community stronger and pass down their cultural history. It’s about everyone feeling like they belong together.


How to make social gatherings inclusive with wheelchair accessible vans

P5 wheelchair accessible van
Patent pending


But what if elders or others in First Nations communities have mobility issues? How will they make it to these important social gatherings? It’s a question that deserves our attention, and it’s where our wheelchair accessible vans at MoveMobility come into play.

Our P-Series wheelchair accessible vans are designed with inclusivity in mind. They aren’t just vehicles; they’re a means to bridge the gap between those who may face mobility challenges and the rich cultural traditions of their communities.

The P-Series vans offer features like a spacious and easily accessible interior, accommodating wheelchairs and providing a comfortable space for passengers. Imagine the ease with which elders can board, their journeys made smooth and convenient. It’s like a well-worn path through the forest, guiding them to the heart of their cultural gatherings.

These vans are equipped with ramps that effortlessly unfold. This helps to prioritize the dignity of Elders during transportation and ensures they won’t have to be lifted out of a wheelchair into a vehicle that isn’t wheelchair accessible, such as a truck. 

Side entry wheelchair vans eliminate the need for rear-loading, and this promotes independence with unassisted access. It also ensures they can sit safely in their wheelchair near the front instead of behind everyone else in the van.  The vans are designed to provide accessibility without compromising on safety and comfort. 


What is the P-Series wheelchair accessible van?

P Series


The P Series is a set of full-size van conversions designed for accessibility, offering barrier-free access for passengers with mobility challenges. The P Series addresses common issues like high maintenance costs, challenges related to driver licensing, and the limitations in offering on-demand transit service with your existing fleet.

Here are some of our options:



Roof Type


Wheelchair Capacity

Trail Option Compatibility

P3 Accessible Van

Up to 8 passengers and 3 wheelchairs

Low roof

Side entry

3 wheelchairs


P4 Accessible Van

Up to 10 passengers and 3 wheelchairs

High roof

Side or rear entry ramp access

3 wheelchairs


P5 Accessible Van

Up to 10 passengers and 4 wheelchairs

High roof

Side or rear entry ramp access

4 wheelchairs


P6 Accessible Van

Up to 10 passengers and 3 wheelchairs

High roof

Side and rear entry access

3 wheelchairs


Uniting generations, strengthening communities

MoveMobility P4 Side Entry Accessible Van
Patent pending


First Nations gatherings are the heartbeats of tradition and culture, passing down wisdom and connecting generations. As an account executive at MoveMobility, I’m passionate about ensuring inclusivity. Our P-Series wheelchair accessible vans are the keys to making these gatherings accessible, uniting all community members. 

With options like the P3, P4, P5, and P6 accessible vans, we provide practical solutions that resonate with First Nations communities, aligning with our mission to make healthcare and transportation accessible for all. Together, we can continue to nurture these cultural flames in these communities for generations to come.

If your First Nations community is looking for a wheelchair accessible van to strengthen the community and promote inclusion, I’d love to speak with you.



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