Happy 2013 from the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV and AIDS (NAYCHA)!

New NAYCHA B.C. 
Representative: 

We are very excited to welcome, Christina Alec, our new B.C. representative from Prince George as the newest member of our Youth Council. We are looking forward to introducing her to our partners and Aboriginal communities in our HIV and AIDS work across Canada and North America!

Living with HIV is not the end of the world, if anything, I think it’s another chance in life to help make a difference! – Christina Alec

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2012 Review: 

The theme of 2012’s AAAW was “Getting to Zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.” CAAN’s launch ceremonies took place on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Aboriginal youth took an active part in shaping the events and workshops that happened across Canada. For example, NAYCHA is very proud of having worked with the government of Iqaluit to pass a Proclamation that December 1st-5th will now be AAAW in Iqaluit annually!

NAYCHA released a joint youth statement between NAYCHA and the National Native American Youth HIV/AIDS Council in the United States. The youth statement was launched in Winnipeg and NAYCHA kept an active online presence throughout AAAW with Facebook and Twitter updates about lowering HIV and AIDS and the related stigma and discrimination concerning Aboriginal communities. For a copy of this youth statement please visit: http://aboriginalaidsawareness.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/AAAW_youth_media-info_112811.pdf

Young Eagles Soar Community Based Research Project: 

NAYCHA has been working on Young Eagles Soar, a community based research project made possible by a catalyst grant provided from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). The research project is greater involving Aboriginal youth and increasing research on HIV and AIDS in relation to Aboriginal youth’s access to prevention efforts, education, care, treatment and support for HIV and AIDS. Utilizing this grant, NAYCHA has planned two in-person meetings (October 2012 in Regina, SK; January 2013 in Victoria, B.C.) to answer questions that arose around developing an Indigenous youth research focus for HIV and AIDS: 1.) What role do relationships play in Indigenous youth lead research on HIV and AIDS?; and 2.) What does youth empowerment look like within HIV and AIDS prevention, education, treatment and support? We look forward to sharing our results with CIHR, CAAN and Aboriginal communities in the future!

Look for more updates from the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV and AIDS (NAYCHA): 

Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CAAN-National-Aboriginal-Youth-Council-on-HIVAIDS/122473174461818?fref=ts

Follow us on twitter:  @NAYCHA_CAAN 

Contact our National Youth Coordinators for more information:

Jessica Danforth
jessicad@caan.ca

Carrie Robinson
carrie.robinson@gmail.com 

Filed Under: BlogFeaturedWinter 2013 Newsletter

About the Author: Brought to you by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN).

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