Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2017

November 30 Launch & December 1-6: Regional Events


November 30, 2017





  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
  • Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director 

Join us in Ottawa for a Parliamentary Breakfast commemorating World AIDS Day 2017 and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.
This event features a keynote address by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and community leaders bringing together Indigenous voices to discuss the World AIDS Day campaign theme on the Right to Health within the context of Canada’s HIV response at home and abroad.

Co-hosts: Interagency Coalition on AIDS & Development (ICAD), Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Results Canada, HIV/AIDS and TB (HAT) Parliamentary Caucus, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, Native Women’s Association of Canada, United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, IIWGHA, CAAN

  • 131 Queen Street, Ottawa ON (Room7-52)
  • 7:30am – 9:30am
  • Contact: Trevor Stratton, trevor@caan.ca, 1 416 999 3250



December 1

Ottawa, ON
Indigenous Right to Equitable Health without Discrimination or Stigma

On December 1st, World AIDS Day, please join us for an Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week event with the theme of Indigenous Right to Equitable Health without Discrimination or Stigma.

  • Keynote address by Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS – Executive Director
  • Premiere Documentary Screening “Promising Practices in Eskasoni First Nation– Utilizing Harm Reduction”
  • Debut Global Report Documenting Lessons and Measuring Progress towards Global HIV/TB/hepatitis C Targets in Indigenous Communities.

Including representatives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, this event brings together Indigenous people living with HIV and AIDS, government, communities, and Indigenous leaders to increase awareness and reduce stigma around HIV and to address the realities of this issue in Indigenous communities throughout Canada. The gathering will include a light lunch, and cultural sharing through song and dance.

Co-hosts: Interagency Coalition on AIDS & Development (ICAD), Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, RESULTS Canada, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA), Stop TB Partnership, CAAN

  • Residence Inn by Marriot
  • 161 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2
  • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Contact: Amy Mawdsley, amym@caan.ca, 1 604 266 7616

Saskatoon, SK
Memorial Feast & Two Spirit Round Dance
OUTSaskatoon and the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre are hosting the 3rd Annual Memorial Feast and Two Spirit Round Dance on Friday, December 1st. The event is intended to honour our community members currently living with/affected by HIV/AIDS and to remember community members who have passed away due to the disease.
All are welcome to the Memorial Feast and Two Spirit Round Dance!

Co-hosts: OUTSaskatoon, Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre, CAAN

  • Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre
  • 168 Wall Street, Saskatoon, SK, S7K1N4
  • 5:00 pm Feast. 8:00 pm Round Dance
  • Contact: Jack Saddleback, twospirit@outsaskatoon.ca, 306-665-1224

Regina, SK
Honouring Our Ancestors
December 1, 2017 marks Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day. It is essential to remember the people who have led and paved the way forward in the field of HIV and AIDS. In memory of those advocates also known as our ancestors who have continued on their spirit journey we are mindful that they too need to be fed by traditional means. In recognition of the commitment and dedication that was given a traditional feast will be held in the outreach centre to honor the way forward.

Co-hosts: All Nations Hope, CAAN

  • 2735 5th Avenue, Regina
  • 1:00pm -2:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Leona Quewezance lquewezance@sasktel.net, 1-877-210-7622 ext. 227

Iqaluit, NU
Online Video Contest: Sexual Health and STBBI Inuit youth video contest
Co-hosts: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, CAAN

Accepting video submissions from Inuit youth ages 14-30 until Friday, December 1. First place will win $250, second place will win $150, and third place will in $100 in prepaid Visa cards and videos will be promoted across Pauktuutit’s Facebook page to celebrate Inuit youth and AAAW!  All videos must not exceed 1 minute in length. Inuit from anywhere in Canada are encouraged to submit. Contest questions can be submitted to April Akeeagok at aakeeagok@pauktuutit.ca.

December 3

Eskasoni, NS
Promising Practices Film Screening
Join us for a community screening of the new film Promising Practices in Eskasoni First Nation, which highlights community-led harm reduction to support health and wellbeing. We’ll have pizza and popcorn, so come join us for a movie night of learning and sharing! We’ll have a trauma counsellor onsite to provide support.

Co-host: Eskasoni First Nation, CAAN

December 4

Montreal, QC
Barriers to HIV prevention faced by Indigenous Montrealers

Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and CATIE will be hosting a panel discussion on barriers encountered by Indigenous Montrealers in accessing prevention services, and HIV related care. We will discuss creative strategies used by communities, workers, and individuals to get access to care for people, as well as what is needed to ensure more equitable access at all levels of prevention (access to PEP, PrEP, condoms, harm reduction, etc), as well as testing, and treatment. Thank you to the Native Friendship Centre for hosting this event.

  • Wayne Robinson, Native Montreal
  • Jessica Quijano, Native women’s shelter of Montreal
  • Anna-Aude Caouette

Co-hosts: Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, CATIE, CAAN

  • Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, 2001 boul. St. Laurent, Montreal, QC
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Contact: Carrie Martin, carrie.nwsm@gmail.com, (514) 933-4688

Prince Albert SK
Youth understanding HIV Awareness
Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association will be hosting an event with the Youth program. This program offers Employment Skills Training with youth with ages 16-29. The AAAW event will provide an opportunity to host a discussion with the youth about HIV and will be inviting a guest speaker who will provide awareness about HIV testing.

Co-host: Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association, CAAN

  • 54 10th Street E
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Contact information: Brian Umpherville, 306 763 5356

December 5

Edmonton, AB
Métis, A Place and Space for Health
We invite you to attend this panel discussion with interactive participation regarding the past, present and future story of Métis health. We’ll provide a light lunch, and there will be display of and access current resources to support health of Métis Nation.

Co-hosts: Métis Nation of Alberta, Aboriginal Women’s Justice Foundation, MacEwan University

  • MacEwan University, Kihew Watston (Aboriginal Education Centre), 9-217 Classroom
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Contact: Raye St. Denys, rayestdenys@gmail.com, Ph: 403-348-9562

December 6

Vancouver, BC
A Mile in Our Moccasins – We are more than HIV
This event brings community members together around the theme We are More than HIV, and communicates the challenges of being young, Indigenous, and living with HIV. Join us for warm bannock and stew for an evening of film and sharing. The event will begin with an Elder prayer and welcome, followed by the screening of the youth film, A Mile in Our Moccasins, and wrap up with drumming and song.

Co-hosts: Provincial Health Services Authority, CAAN, (possibly Youth CO)

  • Native Education College – Longhouse
  • 285 East 5th Ave (Main & 5th)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Contact: Martin Morberg, mgmorberg@hotmail.com, 604-266-7616

Event Agenda:
– Elder prayer and territory acknowledgement – Val Nicholson
– Opening remarks – Ken Clement
– Film screening of Youth Film (A Mile in Our Moccasins)
– Performance by Indigenous youth (drum and song)
– Closing Prayer

Toronto, ON
Sex POZitivity Health Fair and Sex-Toy Bingo
We hope to see you at this fun and engaging event, where First Nations, Métis and Inuit people living with and at risk for HIV can connect with organizations that support wholistic health. Take part in the Sex-Toy Bingo for a chance to win various gendered sex toys. Get a passport, and visit organizations at the Sex POZitivity Health Fair to learn more about services available, and get all the stamps! During this gathering, we will honor the history of the lives that been lost to the AIDS epidemic and acknowledge Indigenous influences in treatment, prevention, education, and activism. This event builds awareness that sex is fine, to reduce stigma, and promote healthy sexual practices as determined by the individual.

Co-hosts: Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (Oahas), Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), 2 Spirited People of the 1St Nations, CAAN


Additional Events: December 1, 2017

Winnipeg, MB
Working Together to Affect Change
Join us on World AIDS Day for a morning of sharing, contributing, networking and taking action on HIV in Manitoba.

CO-HOSTS: Manitoba HIV Collective Impact Network

Winnipeg, MB
Crimson & Cocktails – A World AIDS Day Mixer
Nine Circles invites you to mark World AIDS Day at Forth in the Exchange. Sip crimson cocktails, sample delicious appetizers and mingle with industry professionals, health care supporters and generous benefactors. All proceeds support the Manitoba HIV Program.

CO-HOSTS: Manitoba HIV Program, Nine Circles Community Health Centre

    • Forth, 171 McDermot Avenue
    • 5:30pm – 8:30pm
    • Contact: (204) 940-6075 for tickets








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The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a non-profit organization that leads a national forum for Indigenous Peoples to wholistically address HIV and AIDS, HCV, STBBIs, TB, mental health, aging, and co-morbidity issues; remedy social determinants of health through advocacy; and provide resources on these issues in a culturally relevant manner for Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside. www.caan.ca