Daily Events

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2019

December 1-6: Ottawa Launch & Regional Events


December 1, 2019

Ottawa, ON

December 2, 2019



Ottawa, ON

Communities Make the Difference 

Join us in Ottawa for a Parliamentary afternoon reception in honour of World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week featuring speakers highlighting the critical role that communities play in the local, national and global responses to HIV. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. 

  • Keynote TBC
  • Official Debut Indigenous Tool Kits – HIV & AIDS, STTBIs, Hep C, and Harm Reduction.
  • Debut Global Report Stigma and Discrimination Experienced by Indigenous Peoples Living With HIV and Tuberculosis in the Workplace

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

  • 131 Queen Street, Ottawa ON (Room7-52)
  • December 2, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Draft Agenda

Contact: Shayna Buhler
(613) 233-7440 ext. 114

RSVP required: HERE  Deadline [EXTENDED] November 28, 1pm EST
Important: Please bring photo ID. Event is hosted at a parliamentary building and security requires this. Entrance will not be granted without ID and RSVP.


December 2

Ottawa, ON
Join us in launching Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Learn some exciting ways that communities are making a difference at the local, national and international levels.

  • Carlton Suites Hotel 161 Laurier St W Ottawa, Ontario
  • December 2, 10am to 12pm (Lunch will be served at noon)
  • Draft Agenda
  • Contact: Tea O’Donnell, teao@caan.ca, 1-778-877-1619

Happy-Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Strong Medicine – Movie Luncheon
Join us at the Labrador Friendship Centre to share in a soup/sandwich luncheon where we will watch the film Strong Medicine. Discussion and resource distribution to follow.

Co-hosts: SHIELD Project-Labrador Friendship Centre, Innu Education, SIFN Ussiniun Youth Centre, Community Youth Network Sheshatshiu, NunatuKavut, Nunatsiavut and LG Health, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Labrador Friendship Centre, 49 Grenfell Street Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
  • December 2, 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
  • Contact: Denise Cole, SHIELD Project dcole@lfchvgb.ca, 709-896-8302 ext 224

Winnipeg, MB
Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week
Testing available for HIV and STIs. More details coming soon. 

Co-hosts: Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg Inc, Nine Circles Community Health Centre Inc, Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc, Manitoba HIV Program, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc, Sisters of Fire,  Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Neeginan Centre, 181 Higgins Ave, Winnipeg
  • December 2, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Contact: Monica Cyr, Director of Primary Care directorprimarycare@ahwc.ca, 204-925-1203

December 3

Vancouver, BC
Harm Reduction

The Harm Reduction event will focus on Indigenous Brothers and Sisters who are leaving federal institutions in the Pacific Region. This event will highlight Promising Practices that communities play in responding to these issues and will highlight their efforts and how they play a major role in the successful reintegration of Indigenous people.

This event will bring together several organizations within Vancouver and surrounding area to discuss current supports that are available, discuss gaps and services and will formulate strategies to address those gaps.

Co-hosts: Circle of Eagles, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • 2008 Wall Street, Vancouver, BC
  • December 3, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • RSVP to Merv Thomas, merv@circleofeagles.com, 604-874-9610

Eel Ground First Nation, NB
Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week – Family Fun Day

A family fun day filled with games and learning about HIV/AIDS for all ages.  Door Prizes and a flat-screen TV grand prize for participants to complete an evaluation. HIV Awareness Games ranging from Bingo (each game $50 Visa gift card) to ring toss. Indian Tacos, Cake and Water will be served.  There will be opening remarks about what community members can do in their communities to spread awareness not the virus! Healing Our Nations rely on our partnerships with direct service organizations in each region to better serve our Indigenous communities. There will be information booths from our direct service partners who can serve the community members in their area in the hope of bridging gaps in Indigenous health. 

Co-hosts: Healing Our Nations and Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick
  • December 3, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Contact: Julie Thomas – Executive |Director – Healing Our Nations, healingournationsed@outlook.com, 1-902-492-4255 or 1-800-565-4255

December 4

Toronto, ON
Think Global – Act Local: Toronto To Zero for Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous organizations, AIDS service organizations, human rights advocates, Indigenous communities, people living with HIV and students for a night of cultural sharing, interactive dialogue and personal testimony.

Highlights will include 20 hand drums to bring the spirit of music to the sharing of lived HIV experiences. Including a speaker who will share his journey with PrEP. Attendees will participate with the different drums until they are raffled as prizes! Cultural entertainment will also include Jingle Dress Dancing (a rare ceremonial healing garment) by Spotted Eagle Woman.

Speakers will cover the impact of local Indigenous communities on global issues, such as, a Toronto to Zero – an initiative to make Toronto a UNAIDS Fast Track City.

  • Free HIV testing will be provided (method TBC).
  • A light dinner and refreshments will be served.
  • This session is free and open to everyone.

Co-hosts: Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Toronto to Zero, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (Oahas), 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations,  International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA)

  • Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON
  • December 4, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • RSVP, Trevor Stratton trevor@caan.ca, 416-999-3250

Sheshatshiu Innu First nation
AAAW Youth Movie Night

Join us for food and a screening of Strong Medicine followed by discussion and information sharing at the Sheshatshiu Ussiniun Youth Centre. Open to youth aged 12-18 and free to attend.

Co-hosts: Sheshatshiu Innu First Nations Ussiniun Youth Centre and SHIELD Project-Labrador Friendship Centre, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Ussiniun Youth Centre, Sheshatshiu, Labrador
  • December 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Contacts:
  • Angelina Rich, SIFN Ussiniun Youth Centre Coordinator 709-899-5796 lucyrich26@gmail.com; Denise Cole, SHIELD Project, Labrador Friendship Centre 709-896-8302 ext 224 dcole@lfchvgb.ca

December 5

Montreal, QC
We Are ‘Strong Medicine’: An Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week Event

Opening & words of welcome to start off the day followed by the history & reason for Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Lunch will be served by the NFCM following which Doris Peltier will introduce the film Strong Medicine. Following the screening Doris Peltier will lead a talk back. The event will also include a health information fair on subjects like, but not limited to, HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, HIV + pregnancy, youth, STBBI’s, drug use, harm reduction as well as Naloxone Training available from AQPSUD. At all times there will be art supplies available, information, tea, coffee & conversations. as well as a collaborative art project to take part in.   

Co-hosts: The Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM), The Quebec Association for the Promotion of the Health of Drug Users (AQPSUD), Southern Quebec Inuit Association (SQIA), Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, 2001 boul. St. Laurent, Montreal, QC
  • December 5, 11:00 am – 2:00pm
  • Contact: Iehente Foote, iehentef@caan.ca , 514-805-8650

December 6

Edmonton, AB
Activities aimed at increasing awareness of HIV and promoting testing of HIV. The informational afternoon will feature a Métis “Night Out” Survival Kit (including Harm Reduction tools), Dried Blood Spot Testing, Naloxone Training, and HIV positive speaker, Joe Richards. There will be HIV games to win a 32” flat screen TV and gift cards along with face painting for youth. Serving Chili and Fry Bread

Co-hosts: Northern Indigenous Health Alliance, Sagitawa Friendship Society, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Yellowhead  Tribal College, 10045 – 156 St, Edmonton, AB
  • December 6, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Contact: Raye St. Denys, rayestdenys@gmail.com, Ph: 403-348-9562

Happy-Valley-Goose Bay, NL
AAAW at Mealy Mountain Collegiate
Wellness Cafe will be distributing HIV and STBBI information to students over lunch hour along with freebees and light refreshments.

Co-hosts: SHIELD Project and Wellness Café (Labrador Grenfell Health), Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

  • Mealy Mountain Collegiate,  1 Voisey Drive, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
  • December 6, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
  • Contact: Denise Cole, SHIELD Project dcole@lfchvgb.ca, 709-896-8302 ext 224

Additional Events:

Sturgeon Lake, SK
HIV Wellness workshop

Sturgeon Lake is having its annual HIV wellness workshop. Come learn about HIV, Wellness, traditional teachings, mental health and addictions.

Cohosts: Sturgeon Lake Health, CAAN

  • 726 Education Road, Sturgeon Lake, SK
  • November 26, 27,& 28, 2019 at 10 am to 3 pm each day
  • Contact: James Roberts, CAAN jroberts.jr57@gmail.com Darren Skibinsky, RN Sturgeon Lake Health, dskibinsky@slhc.ca 306-764-9352

Prince Albert, SK

  • November 14 at 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Banner Hanging @ Access Place
  • November 26 at 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. HIV Flag Raising @ Prince Albert Grand Council
  • November 28 at 1:15-2:15 p.m: HIV Walk from Memorial Square ~ Central Ave to 10th Street and up 1st Ave E to Access Place. Post-walk hot chocolate and cookies served.
  • November 29 8:30 p.m. to11:00 p.m.. Condom Crawl at 6 Bars (contact info for start location)
  • December 3 at 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Community Health Fair @ Gateway Mall
  • Contact: Brian Umpherville 306-961-8102 boloumpherville79@gmail.com