Breaking Barriers, Building Connections: Canadian Aboriginal Youth in Global Health

June 30, Ottawa, CANADA

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) is pleased to announce that in partnership with Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), it will launch a consortium project to deliver the International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) Initiative with funding from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). For this two year project, “Breaking Barriers, Building Connections: Canadian Aboriginal Youth in Global Health”, ICAD and CAAN have partnered with CAP/AIDS Network, University of Saskatchewan, Lethbridge HIV Connection Society, and Native Youth Sexual Health Network to form a consortium that will facilitate a total of 20 internships for Aboriginal youth (10 youth internship placements per year) in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa. Internship positions will be posted to www.icad-cisd.com in the coming months.

Each internship offers Canadian youth on-the-ground, applied experience in vast areas of global health and HIV and AIDS. Interns are placed with overseas host organizations to learn about and to contribute to a variety of culturally-specific HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support services that focus on meeting the needs of local populations. “This type of collaborative action-based learning allows interns to gain first-hand experience in the day-to-day activities of front-line HIV/AIDS organizations, contribute to the strengthening of community-based HIV responses in lower income countries, while also drawing linkages and sharing lessons learned between international and domestic efforts of HIV/AIDS” says Robin Montgomery, ICAD’s Executive Director.

The internships will also serve to increase the employment skills of Canadian Aboriginal youth and raise public awareness and understanding of frontline international development issues by providing Canada’s Aboriginal youth leaders with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field. According to Ken Clement, CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, “The internships will strengthen the partnerships between international Indigenous communities in addressing HIV/AIDS and enhance the capacity of interns to better understand efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights, which are critical to altering the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic”.

ICAD administerd the IAYI Initiative in its pilot phase and looks forward to a renewed partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) in rolling out the second round of internships.

This Project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development is a coalition of over 100 Canadian AIDS Service organizations (ASOs), international development non-governmental organizations (INGOS), faith-based organizations, educational institutions, labour unions and individuals committed to improving the response to HIV and related co-infections in Canada and in countries globally.

Contact:
Robin Montgomery
Executive Director, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)
613 233 7440 (ext 113)
rmontgomery@icad-cisd.com

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