Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2016

December 1-6, 2016: Regional Event Descriptions


Thurs, December 1, 2016            
Ottawa, ON

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2016 Launch Event

On December 1st, on World AIDS Day, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will launch the 2016 Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week (AAAW) alongside partners, Pauktuutit Inuit Women’s Association of Canada, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, and Canadian Global Health All-Parliamentary Caucus on HIV, TB & Malaria.

The first of 11 events across Canada, this event opens AAAW 2016, with the theme of Hands Up for HIV Prevention, addressing issues of Access and Stigma. AAAW brings awareness to aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to Aboriginal people and key populations.

Including representatives of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, this event brings together Aboriginal people living with HIV and AIDS, government, communities, and leaders to reduce stigma around HIV and address the realities of this issue in Aboriginal communities throughout Canada.

Co-hosted by:     Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network; Pauktuutit Inuit Women’s Association of Canada, and Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development; Canadian Global Health All-Parliamentary Caucus on HIV, TB & Malaria.

Location:   Sheraton Hotel, Penthouse, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON
Time:          11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
Contact:      Ken Clement, kenc@caan.ca :: 604-266-7616
Merv Thomas, mervt@caan.ca :: 604-266-7616
RSVP by Nov 25, Register Here

December 2   Two-Spirits & Transgender Day


Fri, December 2, 2016                
Toronto, ON

Sharing Our Wisdom Transgender Event

This event brings together the Indigenous Transgender Community and Transgender allies to network, strategize and learn what is being done in AIDS Service Organizations and National organizations like the CAAN national Transgender Project. It will include presentations about prevention and treatment for Indigenous Peoples living with HIV, a panel discussion with Indigenous community members around issues that Indigenous Transgender people face; including stigma. The event will include front line and community workers as special guests vis Skype for a question and answer session.  Guests will be invited to use a special photo booth to create “ Hands Up: # HIV Prevention” messages for a national campaign.

Co-hosted by: OHTN, PASAN, 2 Sprirted People of the First Nation, and CAAN

Location:    The 519 Community Centre – 519 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Time:           2:00 – 6:00 pm EST
Contact:       Arthur Dave Miller dave@caan.ca:: 902-433-0900


Fri, December 2, 2016               
Winnipeg, MB

Indigenous Gender-based Responses to HIV & Hep C

The late afternoon will start with a panel discussion on gender as an important consideration in HIV from an Indigenous perspective. Followed by a feast and an evening of healing ceremony’s including sweat, cedar baths and others led by Two Spirits and other community members.

Co-hosted by: Two Spirit Manitoba, Ka Ni Kanichihk: Sisters of Fire, and Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

Location:    Thunderbird House – 715 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB
Time:          2:30 – 8:00 pm CST

  • 2:30 pm Pipe Ceremony
  • 3:00 pm Opening Remarks
  • 3:30 pm Speakers Panel
  • 4:30 pm Feast
  • 5:00 pm Healing Activities: Dance, Sweat Lodge, Art

Contact:       Laverne Gervais :: lgervais@kanikanichihk.ca :: (204) 232-1935


Fri, December 2, 2016               
Saskatoon, SK

No One Left Behind – LGBTQ Memorial Round Dance

All are welcome to join our 2nd Annual Memorial Round Dance. This year’s dance theme is no one left behind to honour our two-spirit relatives and all those who have been lost to HIV..

Co-hosted by: Saskatoon Indian Metis Friendship Centre and OUT Saskatoon

Location:    Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre – 168 Wall Street, Saskatoon, SK
Time:           5:30pm CST Pipe & Feast, 7:00pm CST to midnight Round Dance and Giveaway
Contact:       Jen Peterson & Patti Tait :: familyviolence1@shaw.ca :: 306-244-0174


Fri, December 2, 2016               
Vancouver, BC

Transgender Day Vancouver Luncheon

A small luncheon for Indigenous HIV or HepC positive Transwoman. Transgender people are most in need and least served; they are often marginalized from service providers. This is an opportunity to come in, socialize with peers in a safe environment and enjoy a meal together, as family often does.

Co-hosted by: Positive Women’s Network Society

Location:    Positive Women’s Network Society – #614-1033 Davie St. Vancouver, BC
Time:         12:00pm PST
Contact:       Sandy Leo Laframboise & Donna Tennan :: dancingtoeaglespirit@gmail.com ::

December 3   Youth & Metis Day


Sat, December 3, 2016       
Haines Junction, YT

Dän ts’än nännji (People Helping People)

This event is open to the community and will focus on youth. We will have guest speakers and entertainment followed by a community feast. A highlight of the event will be a “breaking the stigma mural,” in which youth will write stigmas on tiles, break them, and put them on a huge mural. The mural will travel to the schools across Yukon.

Co-hosted by:    Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Blood Ties Four Directions Centre, CAAN

Location:      Dákų Cultural Centre
280 Alaska Highway, Kilometer 1016,Haines Junction, Yukon
Time:             12:00 pm – 7:00pm PST
Contact:       Luke Campbell :: lcampbell@cafn.ca 867-336-3283
Marion Primozic :: 867-456-6888
Samantha Hand :: 867-332-8266


Sat, December 3 2016    
Edmonton, AB

Let’s Start a Conversation

Sharing from Metis Peoples with HIV and AIDs and affected family members. Facilitated Focus Group will share information and begin discussions of needs and gaps in support. A light lunch will be provided. Special guests will include Minister of Health, Alberta Government, and the President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Audrey Poitras.

Co-hosted by:     Aboriginal Women’s Justice, Metis Nation of Alberta, Shining Mountains Living Community Services

Location:     Metis Nation of Alberta – 11738 Kingsway Ave, Edmonton AB
Time:             1:00 pm – 3:30pm MST
Contact:       Raye St. Denys :: rayestdenys@gmail.com 403-346-9794

December 4   WOMEN’S DAY


Sun, December 4, 2016      
Prince Albert, SK

Let’s Start a Conversation with Indigenous Women

Prince Albert Métis Women’s Association, The Gate, and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will be hosting an event as part of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. This event will include a light lunch, Sharing circle, and HIV and AIDS Information. Our event is open and free for all women who wish to learn more about HIV and AIDS and our organizations.

Co-hosted by: Prince Albert Metis Women’s Association Inc. HIV/AIDS Health Promotion Program, and CAAN

Location:    To Be Announced, Prince Albert, SK
Time:        12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Contact:    Erin Settee pamwa.hp@hotmail.com:: 306-769-5356

December 5   INUIT & TESTING DAY


Mon, December 5, 2016      
Montreal, QC

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness HIV Testing and Training Day

This event will focus on HIV prevalence and access to testing and will include an on-site testing clinic. We will have a special presentation on the new HIV prevalence research project among Aboriginal people. Special Guests will include Social worker, SIDEP team, CLSC-Métro, Outreach nurse, CLSC-Métro, Dre Cécile Tremblay, researcher on prevalence study.

Co-hosted by: CATIE and Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

Location:     Native Friendship Centre of Montreal – 2001 boul. St. Laurent, Montréal, Quebec
Time:        9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
Carrie Martin — carrie.nwsm@gmail.com :: 514-933-4688
Liam Michaud — lmichaud@catie.ca :: 514-266-9224


Mon, December 5, 2016      
Ottawa, ON (Vanier)

Inuit HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

We invite you to a fun, informal and engaging afternoon where we will reduce HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. This event brings together our urban Inuit community to share awareness and knowledge about HIV and AIDS by addressing common attitudes that may interfere with prevention, care and treatment activities. We will have country food for lunch and there will be games and prizes!

Co-hosted by: Pauktuutit and CAAN

Location: St. Margret’s Church Street – 206 Montreal Rd. Vanier, ON
Time: Noon – 2:00 PM EST
Contact: Chanessa Ryan — cryan@pauktuutit.ca :: 613-238-3977 ex.238



Tues, December 6, 2016      
Vancouver, BC

HIV and the Survival, Dignity and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples Globally

Globally, Indigenous Peoples are mostly invisible in the HIV and AIDS sector. This session will explore International Indigenous HIV and AIDS issues and how these relate to local realities for Aboriginal People in Canada with a strong emphasis on the need for the collection of epidemiological data for Indigenous Peoples and HIV. International and Indigenous experts and people living with HIV in Canada will share their experiences working with and learning from Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.

Special Guests Include:

  • Dr. Julio Montaner – Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • Dr. Alexandra King – Physician/Researcher, Lu’ma Medical Centre and works as a general internist at the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre and the Cariboo Memorial Hospital (in Williams Lake), British Columbia.
  • Nnamdi Ndubuka – Medical Health Officer for Saskatchewan Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority
  • Trevor Stratton – Coordinator of IIWGHA, will Skype in from UNAIDS in Geneva Switzerland
  • Marama Pala – IIWGHA Co-chair will Skype in from New Zealand

Co-hosted by: Vancouver Native Health Society, International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS , Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Location:     Vancouver Native Health Society – 455 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC
Time:          10:00AM to 2:30PM PST
Trevor Stratton trevor@caan.ca:: 416-999-3250
Arthur Dave Miller dave@caan.ca:: 902-433-0900

Hands Up for #HIVPrevention

We’re putting our hands up to make sure that Aboriginal Peoples are not left behind.

We’re putting our hands up so that stigma does not leave anyone to live in fear or isolation.

We’re putting our hands up because its time for families to come back to the home fire where we can work together for the wellness of all.

CAAN is currently under construction. Please check back soon for updates.