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CAAN Winter Newsletter 2017

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2017 (AAAW)

December 1-6, 2017 Indigenous Right to Equitable Health Without Discrimination or Stigma The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network announces Indigenous leadership and their supporters will gather on November 30, 2017 in Ottawa, ON to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2017. It will be followed December 1 – 6, 2017 by 12 events across the country (Vancouver, Edmonton, […]

Skills Building, Wise Practices and Annual General Meeting

By Merv Thomas and Amy Mawdsley 2017 Annual General Meeting “Honouring 20 years: Transforming Wholistic Approaches to Indigenous Health!” The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and the Aboriginal HIV and AIDS CBR Collaborative Centre Present Wise Practices VI, Skills Building and AGM Gathering September 25 – 28, 2017 Grey Eagle Resort and Casino 3777 Grey Eagle […]

Director of National Programs & Communications

By Merv Thomas The last couple of years has been quite challenging for CAAN as we and other groups across Canada went through the Community Action Fund Request for Proposals process.  We entered into a three-year agreement with the Public Health Agency of Canada.  Four key projects were identified: 1. Transitional project – our overall […]

Women’s Leadership Update

By Monique Fong Howe Renewing the Voices of Women (VOW) CAAN has launched a call for new members for our VOW committee.  We are seeking new members in the following areas; Yukon, North West Territories, or Nunavut, Quebec, and British Columbia. If you are interested in joining VOW please send in your application by June […]

Youth Leadership Update

By Jessica Danforth National Indigenous Youth Council on Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS (NIYCSHA) summer 2017 newsletter For this summer’s newsletter we thought we would focus on a conversation that many of our Youth Council members have been having on what is a doula, and how can this help support the health and well-being of young […]

Promising Practices in Timaskaming First Nation Documentary

By Merv Thomas CAAN produced and released the second documentary in the series of three highlighting Promising Practices in Indigenous communities in addressing HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction issues.  Promising Practices in Timaskaming First Nation was released on May 1st, 2017, the first day of Hepatitis Awareness Month, at Cobalt Theatres in Ontario.  The […]

Documenting Lessons Learned

By Arthur Dave Miller and Amy Mawdsley Documenting Lessons and Measuring Progress towards Global HIV/TB/ Hepatitis C Targets in Indigenous Communities. Amy Mawdsley, Patrick Brownlee and myself worked diligently to coordinate this project and it is with great hopes that we will be able to develop a document in the upcoming year with the assistance […]

International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS

I have learned so much from the wisdom and bravery of the Leaders of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA). International Indigenous leaders in the HIV and AIDS community come from different corners of the world, yet exemplify a shared heart, shared mind, and shared passion for working in the joint […]

National Indigenous Transgender Project: Sharing Our Wisdom

By Arthur Dave Miller This project is in its second year. We have managed to address many issues that Indigenous Transgender Peoples face on a daily basis. CAAN has been successful in engaging the Indigenous Transgender Community in many national and international events and is continuing to work together to develop policies that will strengthen […]

APHA Liaison Report

By Arthur Dave Miller and Jasmine Cotnam Jasmine Cotnam and I have just moved into these positions as Liaisons and are adjusting to the important work that needs to be done. We are currently working on a partnership Pilot project that trains Peers on a National Level to be able to provide support to other […]

Community Readiness Project

By Arthur Dave Miller Amy Mawdsley and myself have been working on this project for a short time but we are thrilled with what we have in store for Community Readiness (CR) initiatives in 2017-2020. This project is built around the Community Readiness Model which gives community members the tools to identify how ready their […]

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week

By Merv Thomas The 2017 Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week (AAAW) on the first week of December will be launched in Ottawa with Elders, Indigenous and government leaders, cultural sharing, and presentations from Indigenous people living with HIV and AIDS. The week will include a variety of events and gatherings across Canada to raise awareness and […]

Research Corner

The AHA Centre: Looking forward, looking back July 2012, CAAN received news that our application to CIHR for a national research collaborative centre that would support Indigenous HIV and AIDS, community-based research (CBR) in Canada was funded. The AHA Centre would be incorporated into CAAN’s research agenda for the next five years. At the outset […]

DRUM Project

By Carrielynn Lund Our DRUM project (), working in partnership with the University of Victoria is led by three First Nation communities in Alberta. It is focused on developing a community-specific shared care model that pulls together local, regional and provincial health services and looks at ways of providing them to people living with and […]