Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015
November 30 – December 5: Regional Evens
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Mon, November 30, 2015
Leadership Forum Think Globally – Act Locally: What is Your Role? Coordinating a Response to HIV in Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Communities
Calling all leaders – formal and informal – to join us and be part of the solution. Leadership is key to a coordinated response to HIV in Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Communities. This is a forum where tools and mechanisms of a coordinated response will be shared. Policy makers, decision-makers, MPs, corporate CEOs, MLAs, doctors and nurses, community leaders, Chiefs and Councils, community, provincial, and federal health directors, youth leaders, organizational leaders, and others working in human rights, HIV and social determinants of health, and Indigenous issues. Please join us in building our community response to HIV.
5pm Reception hors d’oeuvres & refreshments; 5:30pm Formal Program All Nations Hope Network and SICHA, dignitaries and special guests, Keynote ~ Trevor Stratton, North American Delegate, UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Coordinator; International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS (IIWGHA); 7pm Networking.
Co-hosted by: All Nations Hope Network, International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS, Saskatchewan Indigenous Council on HIV & AIDS, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
Location: Ramada Plaza Regina Downtown, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST
Contact: Jann Ticknor email@example.com
Register: (Space is Limited) Submit Online
Tues, December 1, 2015
Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015 Launch Event
On December 1st, on World AIDS Day, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will launch the 2015 Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week alongside a number of key regional partners. The event places a focus on Métis peoples and Aboriginal People Living with HIV and AIDS (APHAs), embraces our historical connections and the belief that all our voices matter. The event will also acknowledge our beginnings by hearing from a panel of APHAs and will serve to remind us that APHAs are the inner guides in our response to HIV, care, treatment, support, prevention and testing. A traditional ceremony will also acknowledge Maistoo’a Waastan (long-term survivor living with HIV) by his family and community from the PIIKANI Nation in Alberta, as a kind of coming home ceremony. The event will also feature a number of speakers and amplify the need for community readiness and culturally safe approaches.
Co-hosted by: Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network; Shining Mountains Community Living Services; Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3; Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation; Strong Voices Program – HIV Community Links; HIV Network of Edmonton Society.
Location: Calgary Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm MST
Contact: Ken Clement, firstname.lastname@example.org :: 604-266-7616
Merv Thomas, email@example.com :: 604-266-7616
RSVP by Nov 26, register online here
Wed, December 2, 2015
Aboriginal Women and Children: Protecting the Heart of Our Communities
Violence affects Aboriginal women and girls, their families and their communities, and impacts women and girls from all walks of life. One Aboriginal woman living with HIV recently called it out, and named it as “institutional violence”. The Montreal AAAW event will bring together a number of speakers, knowledge keepers, service providers and healthcare workers to share what they are doing to address these social justice issues that ultimately have an impact on the health of our communities. The event will close with a sharing circle on strengths-based community approaches to addressing HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities.
Co-hosted by: Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM); Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN); Canadian HIV Women and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS PAW – QC); and Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA)
Location: L’Auberge St. Gabriel – 426 Rue Saint Gabriel, Montreal, QC
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
Registration: Registration is FREE but spaces are limited so please contact either Monique Fong or Aurélie Hot to register before November 30, 2015.
Contact: Monique Fong – firstname.lastname@example.org :: Aurélie Hot – email@example.com
Wed, December 2, 2015
Womens’ Event #2: Honouring Our Stories, Honouring Ourselves
In honour of World AIDS Day we’re starting a Winnipeg campaign to encourage testing in our community. Join us, Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Sisters of Fire, Two Spirit Manitoba and CAAN, for a Pipe Ceremony followed by a Potluck Feast, stew and bannock in honour of World AIDS Day.
This year we will talk about testing. Testing can be scary and strange. But knowledge is strength and strength is sexy. Stigma won’t stop us from sharing our truths.
Co-hosted by: Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN); Ka Ni Kanichihk: Sisters of Fire, and Two Spirit Manitoba
Location: WestEnd Commons Neighbourhood Resource Centre, 641 St. Mathews Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm CST
Contact: Laverne Gervais :: firstname.lastname@example.org :: (204) 232-1935
Fri, December 4, 2015
Two Spirit People and HIV and HCV
Two-Spirit AAAW EventJoin us for a few hours of entertainment and workshops surrounding HIV and HCV. Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance will present their new research project, followed by presentations from Healing Our Nations. Lunch will be served.
Co-hosted by: Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance, Healing Our Nations, CAAN
Location: Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre – 2158 Gottingen St, Halifax. NS
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST AST
Contact: Arthur Miller, email@example.com ::
Sat, December 5 2015
Inuit Awareness Raising Event and HIV/AIDS Fair
In partnership with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), Pauktuutit is organizing the Inuit Awareness Raising Event and HIV/AIDS Fair. The event will open with a prayer, which will be followed by an HIV/AIDS focused awareness raising event involving: The Healthy Sexuality Bingo game, Educational stamp/scavenger hunt for adults and youth, HIV/AIDS resource table for Inuit adults and youth, Speakers, Door prizes and raffle, and Speakers’ corner photo booth. This will be followed by refreshments and an open stage for cultural performances. Together we will share stories and have fun! The event will end with closing remarks from Pauktuutit and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and a closing prayer.
Co-hosted by: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Location: Inuvialuit Community Corporations, 102 Mackenzie Road, Inuvik, NWT
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm MST
Contact: Sipporah Enuaraq (Pauktuutit) firstname.lastname@example.org ::
Emily Reese (Pauktuutit) email@example.com ::
Thurs, December 10, 2015
Youth – Parliamentary Breakfast
The public and members of Parliament are invited to the Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week breakfast session to learn more about the HIV and AIDS issues facing Aboriginal people in Canada. The breakfast will commence with opening prayers, Inuit singers, and opening remarks from Ken Clement – CAAN CEO, Marnie Davidson – ICAD Chair of Board of Directors, and an HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (HAT) Caucus representative. Speakers will include representatives, such as, Art Zoccole – CAAN Chair, Aboriginal People Living with HIV/AIDS (APHA), Alternatives Cameroon, and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. The session will end with closing remarks from HAT Caucus, Inuit throat singers, and closing prayer.
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room
6th floor of Centre Block at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON
Time: 7:30 am – 8:45 am EST
Contact: RSVP by Dec. 8 @ 5:00 pm EST,
Jessica Danforth JessicaD@caan.ca