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Intern Update

By Bryan Sparrow, Intern Student This summer proved to be another success for me back at CAAN as I returned for my fifth year at the Musqueam head office. I noticed a very large change in my role in the four months I spent there this time around, and it was great to look back […]

Canada and UNDRIP Report

By Bryan Sparrow, Intern Student As part of our workplan, CAAN has made it our responsibility to follow the social policy that has risen from the 2010 signatory to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Our findings are drawn from a randomized sampling of news articles based on an unbiased […]

The “Sexy Quiz”

Quebec Update by Marie-Noëlle Caron for Carrie Martin This season, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) is pleased to announce the launch of the “Sexy Quiz” – it’s a new campaign aiming to raise awareness on sexual health. Accompanied by host, Mickey Moose, the First Nations adolescents will […]

Women’s Leadership

By Doris Peltier,  Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Coordinator Much of the work in the Women’s Leadership file continues to be focused on firming up key partnerships that support the goals of the Aboriginal Women’s Strategy; these new initiatives moving forward in this fiscal year include, ‘research to policy’ work with Native Women’s Association of Canada; the […]

Joining Hands Around the World

By Trevor Stratton, IIWGHA Coordinator Did you know that Indigenous Peoples largely represent the most marginalized and poorest subpopulations, not only in Canada, but also in the entire world? This truth became clearer to me here in Bangkok, Thailand during my participation at the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion hosted by the International […]

Assessing Community Readiness Update

By Monique Fong, Assessing Community Readiness Coordinator, and Ed Bennett, Community Readiness Project Supervisor Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter and children, teens and young adults are back in school. This summer was extremely busy for the Community Readiness project and the next few months are sure to be the same. […]

CAAN’s Research Initiatives – a National Endeavour

The flames have been lit, and embers of research are burning bright across the country in small little pockets. Little clusters of communities, organizations and academics, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, have come together to learn what community-based research (CBR) is all about. We are learning in a positive way from one another on how to […]

Expanding Our Family

By Shawna Morrison We at CAAN are thrilled to be introducing two of our new staff members in print for those who were unable to meet them at our recent events. Joining our Research and Policy Unit, we are pleased to welcome Carrielynn Lund. Carrielynn is a Métis consultant who has a degree from the […]

Chief Executive Officer’s Message

Chief Executive Officer’s Message By Ken Clement Hello Friends, Affirming community action and community solidarity in responding to HIV set the stage for a gathering of Aboriginal people in Halifax, NS for the launch of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2013 in Canada (December 1 – 6, 2013). On December 1, 2013, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) co-hosted an Aboriginal AIDS Awareness […]

Holistic Care & Youth

By Bryan Sparrow, Intern Student In our 15th year, it has become clear that HIV can no longer be looked at as a singular entity. After last year’s AGM, the push for a new mandate was heard and an expansion to CAAN’s work was made. Addressing the physical, social and psychological needs of APHAs is […]

HIV and AIDS: Impacts on APHAs, Families and Communities

By Carrie Martin and Harvey Michele The Montreal Aboriginal HIV/AIDS community event organized by Harvey Michele and Carrie Martin, Holistic Health Coordinator at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM), was held on May 22, 2013 at Centre St. Pierre. The theme was appropriate as HIV/AIDS impacts the individual, their family, and their entire community. […]

Telling a Different Story: Embedding Culture and Ceremony in How We Work Within a Holistic Framework

By Doris Peltier, APHA Liaison In recent months, high level discussions have been taking place at the federal level; the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has proposed to move towards a more integrated or holistic approach in the delivery of information and services for HIV, HCV, other ‘sexually transmitted blood borne infections’ (STBBIs) and […]

The International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS (IIWGHA) at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – From the Outside Looking In

By Trevor Stratton, Consultant and Coordinator of the IIWGHA – At the United Nations it’s hard to get a word in edge-wise, especially for Indigenous people and communities. In response to demands from Indigenous peoples for a high level permanent body at the United Nations, The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) […]

Assessing Community Readiness Update

By Monique Fong, Assessing Community Readiness Coordinator, and Ed Bennett, Community Readiness Project Supervisor The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) hosted the first of four Community Readiness national train-the-trainer sessions this year at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Toronto on February 26th to 28th. Monique Fong, Community Readiness Coordinator, and Ed Bennett, Community Readiness Project […]

CAAN’s Research Initiatives

Reprinted from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research newsletter courtesy of Renée Masching Highlighting Aboriginal Researchers Doing Aboriginal Research Renée Masching is the Director of Research and Policy at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and has also received CIHR-IAPH funding for a number of projects. Whether as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, Renée’s work often originates […]