Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2018

November 29/30 Ottawa Launch & December 1-6: Regional Events

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:       

November 29, 2018

LAUNCH DAY

PARLIAMENTARY BREAKFAST

OTTAWA, ON

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:   

  • Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services

Join us in Ottawa for a Parliamentary Breakfast to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.
This event will feature international and Indigenous community leaders discussing closing the gap in access to HIV and health services among adolescent girls and young women, within the context of this year’s AAAW and World AIDS Campaign theme of “Know your Status”.

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, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • 180 Wellington Street, Ottawa ON (Room 325)
  • 7:30am – 9:30am
  • Contact: Shayna Buhler, sbuhler@icad-cisd.com, 613-233-7440

RSVP by November 26: HERE

Important: Please bring photo ID. Event is hosted at a parliamentary building and security requires this.

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November 29 & 30
COMMUNITY READINESS TRAINING

Ottawa, ON
We are excited to announce the up-coming Community Readiness Training, as well as the Assessing Community Readiness Face-to-Face meeting in Ottawa! Community Readiness Training will show participants the assessment model for community change that integrates the community’s culture, resources and level of readiness to more effectively address an issue. It brings the community together, builds cooperation and increases its capacity for prevention and intervention. Readiness is “the degree to which a community is prepared to take action on an issue”. At the Face-to-Face meeting, partners and community leaders will have opportunity to share what worked for them, what were the challenges, how challenges were overcome, make recommendations, and discuss next steps as well as developing strategies for the communities.

Host: Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Training: November 29-30 (Times tbc)
  • Face-To-Face Meeting: December 2-4 (Times tbc)
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
  • 161 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Contact: Sidney Crosby, SidneyC@caan.ca, 778-658-5761

December 1
INDIGENOUS DAY – WORLD AIDS DAY

Ottawa, ON

Details Coming Soon

Co-hosts: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Residence Inn by Marriot
  • 161 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J2
  • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Contact: Name, email, 555 555 5555

Saskatoon, SK
Memorial Feast & Two Spirit Round Dance
OUTSaskatoon will host the 4th Annual Memorial Feast and Two Spirit Round Dance on Friday, December 1st. The event will honour our community members living with or affected by HIV & AIDS. This gender affirming event is open to all communities’ members and allies. Pipe Ceremony and Feast at 5:00 pm with Round Dance starting at 8:00 pm.

Co-hosts: OUTSaskatoon, 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

Peace River, AB
Community Round Dance
Community Round Dance to recognize World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.

Co-hosts: Northern Indigenous Health Alliance and Sagitawa Friendship Society, CAAN

    • Misery Mountain Ski Chalet, Peace River, AB
    • 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
    • Contact: Sagitawa Friendship Society (Pearl Peterson), Outreach.niha@outlook.com, 780-624-2443

December 2
NORTH ALBERTA DAY

Peace River, AB

Break Free Know Your Status
Northern Indigenous Health Alliance will create a sharing space at the Peace River Correction Centre to recognize Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week and provide cultural prevention knowledge and education sessions on HIV, STBBIs, hep C and harm reduction to incarcerated individuals.

  • Peace River Correctional Centre
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Contact: Sagitawa Friendship Society (Pearl Peterson) Outreach.niha@outlook.com,780-624-2443

Saskatoon, SK
Memorial Feast & Two Spirit Round Dance
OUTSaskatoon will host the 4th Annual Memorial Feast and Two Spirit Round Dance on Friday, December 1st. The event will honour our community members living with or affected by HIV & AIDS. This gender affirming event is open to all communities’ members and allies. Pipe Ceremony and Feast at 5:00 pm with Round Dance starting at 8:00 pm.

Co-hosts: OUTSaskatoon, 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

December 3
YOUTH DAY + TESTING

Vancouver, BC
Traditional Coast Salish Food-Burning
Food burning for our Indigenous peoples whom we have lost to HIV / AIDS and support for the loss and inter-generational impact on families and communities.

Co-host: Indian Residential School Survivor Society & Urban Native Youth Association, CAAN

    • Indian Residential School Survivor Society (Address TBC), Vancouver, BC
    • 2:00pm to TBC
    • Contact: Jeremy Jones, jeremyjones@irsss.ca, 604-240-7064  RSVP is Required (email or phone)

Grande Prairie, AB
Know Your Status: Onsite Testing / Community Agency Tables and Feast
The Northern Indigenous Health Alliance (NIHA) and the Community of Grande Prairie will share information and provide on-site secure testing with a Feast for supper in recognition of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness week.

Co-host: Northern Indigenous Health Alliance, Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, CAAN

Winnipeg, MB
Test for One – Test for All
Three types of HIV testing will be profiled and available at this community event. Participants will learn about the Standard HIV Test, Rapid HIV Test, and the Dry Blood Spot Test. Various community organizations will host information tables. Bannock and Tea will be provided and raffle prize draws will be held throughout the event.

Co-host: Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, Nine Circles Community Health Centre,, Two-Spirited People of Manitoba, Ka Ni Kanichihk, CAAN

  • Neeginan Centre – Our Place, 181 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Contact: Albert McLeod bizonred@gmail.com,204-330-8671

December 4

MÉTIS DAY

Edmonton, AB
Métis, A Sharing Space  for Health

Community event will feature Métis HIV presentation by a Métis (IPCHA) speaker, Talking Circle to share issues and concerns, and resource information. Light snacks and juices will be served.

Co-hosts: Métis Nation of Alberta, CAAN

    • 11738 – Kingsway Ave, 100 Delia Gray Building, Edmonton, AB
    • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Contact: Raye St. Denys, rayestdenys@gmail.com, Ph: 403-346-9794

Toronto, ON
Film Screening: Strong Medicine :: Think Global, Act Local: HIV testing, treatment & adherence – Indigenous knowledge and practices
Film screening of Strong Medicine an educational short-film about HIV treatment, health and wellness for Indigenous people living with HIV, their communities, and their care providers.

It was developed by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and CATIE, with and for Indigenous people living with HIV. By weaving together Indigenous knowledge of culture and wellness and Western knowledge of HIV testing and treatment, this film shares information about HIV testing, treatment and wellness. It encourages people to get tested and to start, resume or stay on HIV treatment for their own health and wellness. Estimated 14% of people with HIV in Canada are not aware of their infection. By obtaining and earlier HIV diagnosis, it will improve or maintain health.

After the screening, participants will talk about the scope of HIV work they do locally and promoting Indigenous-specific approaches to the social determinants of health globally to address the continuing legacy of colonization and neo-colonialism globally. This session is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served.

Co-host: 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, and the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS

  • 145 Front Street East, Suite 105, Toronto, ON
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Contact: Americo Albarran, clientcare@2spirits.org, Ph: (416) 944 9300 Ext. 204

December 5
FAMILY DAY + TESTING

Membertou, Nova Scotia
AAAW Family Fun Day
Our free event is an opportunity for community members to learn about HIV in a fun and interactive way.

  • HIV Games – Bingo, Plinko, Spin the Wheel, Ring Toss and Bean Bag Toss to win prizes including $50 VISA gift card each of the 8 Bingo games. Plus! Door Prize – Flat screen TV and complete the evaluation form for chance to win $25 VISA gift card
  • Face Painting
  • Indian Tacos and Cake

Co-hosts: Healing Our Nations, Membertou First Nation, CAAN

  • 111 Membertou Street (Membertou First Nation Senior’s), Membertou, NS
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Contact: Julie Thomas, ea@accesswave.ca, Ph: 902-492-4255

High Level, AB
Know Your Status: Onsite Testing / Community Agency Tables and Feast
The Northern Indigenous Health Alliance and the High Level Friendship Centre will share resources and provide on-site secure testing and serve a lunch in recognition of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness week.

Co-host: Northern Indigenous Health Alliance,  High Level Native Friendship Centre , CAAN

    • 11000 – 95 Street, High Level, AB
    • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Contact: Tina, High Level Native Friendship Centre, hlnfcs.niha@gmail.com, 780-926-3355

December 6
HARM REDUCTION DAY

Vancouver, BC
Harm Reduction within the Correctional System
This event brings together community stakeholders together to discuss Harm Reduction for Indigenous Brothers and Sisters leaving Federal Institutions in the Pacific Region. Community will discuss current resources, Harm Reduction, Needle Exchange, Policy, identification of gaps in programs and services.
The forum will focus on “How do we keep our Brothers and Sisters safe as they continue to use drugs, including Opioids, as they reintegrate back into their communities?”
Lunch provided.

Co-hosts: Circle of Eagles Lodge Society, Vancouver Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (VAJAC) and Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Simon Baker Room
  • 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, Bc
  • 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Contact: Barb Ellis or Merv Thomas, admin@circleofeagles.com, 604-874-9610

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

Watson Lake, Yukon
Community Meal and Conversation About HIV
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre and Liard First Nation will be hosting a dinner where we will screen Strong Medicine and then facilitate a community conversation regarding the topic and material.

CO-HOSTS: Blood Ties Four Directions Centre, Liard First Nation

 

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About CAAN

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