National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015: Leaders unite across Canada with community-based approaches to HIV and AIDS

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National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015: Leaders unite across Canada with community-based approaches to HIV and AIDS

by pmnationtalk on October 28, 2015502 Views

Calgary, AB (November 3, 2015) – The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) proudly announces national Aboriginal leadership and their supporters will gather in Calgary, AB on December 1, 2015 to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015. It will be accompanied by workshops across the country (Ottawa, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Inuvik) to continue discussions on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues in Canada on November 30, December 2 – 5, 2013.

Every 3 hours a person is infected with HIV in Canada. 12% of those are Aboriginal people, even though they represent only 4% of the Canadian population. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit continue to respond to HIV and AIDS with community-based initiatives, but are still over-represented and experiencing epidemic proportions 3.6 times higher than other Canadians.

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015 will connect national Aboriginal
 organizations, government partners, health care providers, and community leaders to focus on how they will work together to reach the goal of: Getting to Zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.

“Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week will be done a justice by closing the gap amongst Aboriginal people who live with HIV and AIDS, and by Aboriginal people getting tested so that they may know their status,” stated CEO of CAAN, Ken Clement. “Creating community readiness and culturally safe approaches to testing, treatment, and support is the roadmap for the journey to zero.”

This series of events across Canada will provide a forum for reflection: on what has been achieved with regard to the Aboriginal communities’ response to HIV, what must still be achieved, and how to get to zero. The December 1 luncheon will include a special focus on Aboriginal People Living with HIV/AIDS and Métis, while the workshops will highlight women, youth, Inuit, and international HIV and AIDS developments.

CAAN and it’s co-hosts, Shining Mountains, Kimamanow Atoskano Foundation, and HIV Edmonton, invite you to participate in Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week as it reaches across all barriers to create a unified approach to combat Aboriginal HIV and AIDS in Canada:

Where:     Location TBC, 555 XXX St, Calgary, AB
When:     December 1, 2015, 10:00 am MST
RSVP:      By November 26, 2015 at  www.bit.ly/aaaw2013launchrsvp < update link

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For Media Enquiries, contact:

Danica Jeffrey [email protected] 778-242-7827

About CAAN www.caan.ca

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a not-for-profit
coalition of individuals and organizations which provides leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal individuals living with
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Their philosophy is that all Aboriginal Peoples deserve the right to protect themselves against infectious disease and thrives on providing the Aboriginal community with accurate and current information about HIV including risks of contracting the virus, issues of care and treatment, and support for families and those living with the disease.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Nov 30 – Regina, SK Location TBC
Name Event TBC

Dec 1 – Calgary, AB Location TBC
Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015 Launch Event

Dec 2 –

Montreal, QC Location TBC
Name Event TBC

Winnipeg, MB Location TBC
Name Event TBC

Dec 3 – Ottawa, ON Parliament Hill
Name TBC – Parliamentary Breakfast

Dec 4 – Halifax, NS Location TBC
Name Event TBC

Dec 5 – Inuvik, North Location TBC
Name Event TBC

For more information on these events visit: www.aboriginalaidsawareness.com

NT5

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