I. CAAN Membership Brochure

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The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a non-profit coalition of Aboriginal individuals and organizations which provides leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal People living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, regardless of where they reside.


As a key national voice of a collection of Aboriginal individuals, organizations and provincial/territorial associations, CAAN provides leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. CAAN faces the challenges created by HIV/AIDS in a spirit of wholeness and healing that promotes empowerment, inclusion and honours the cultural traditions, uniqueness and diversity of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people regardless of where they reside.


A Canada where First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, families and communities achieve and maintain strong, healthy and fulfilling lives free of HIV/AIDS and related issues where Aboriginal cultures, traditions, values and Indigenous knowledge are vibrant, alive, respected, valued and integrated into day-to-day life.

Current Activities

Showing leadership on Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Issues;

  • Maintain partnerships with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and the private sector, and
  • Host Gatherings of Aboriginal People living with HIV/AIDS; identifies and responds appropriately.

Resource and Policy Development

  • Develop educational and training manuals; policy frameworks, policy statements, and position papers.
  • Collaborate with National Aboriginal Council on HIV and AIDS to provide policy advice.

Communications and Social Marketing

  • Host a yearly National event during Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week from December 1st – 5th.
  • Maintain a website, which includes a youth portal, National HIV Prevention Toolkit, Facebook page, newsletters and through direct mail.

Capacity Building

  • Host an annual skills building and policy forum.
  • Deliver training related to current projects.
  • Participate in other conferences to share new knowledge.

Research and Evaluation

  • Conduct community-based research projects.
  • Offer research capacity-building initiatives.
  • Conduct an annual integrated evaluation of all of key activities.

International Networking

Current Host of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV/AIDS that works to advance Indigenous HIV/AIDS issues around the world, especially during International AIDS conferences.

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