Marni Amirault and Sherri Pooyak, Community-based Research Managers (CBRMs)
January 2013

Well, here we are. We’ve all (hopefully) survived the advent of the new Mayan calendar and the transition from 2012 to 2013. With the pause of the holiday season now behind us, we are rolling up our sleeves at CAAN as we settle deeper into the work required to get the Aboriginal HIV & AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre (AHA Centre); our new research home; fully functional!

Please keep reading to see opportunities to look forward to participating in and some of the projects that have been keeping us busy over the past few months.

National Aboriginal Research Advisory Council (NARAC)

The National Aboriginal Research Advisory Council (NARAC) is currently being populated to replace the former NRAC (CAAN’s National Research Advisory Committee). Like NRAC, NARAC will guide the research work that CAAN engages in, ensuring that we conduct ethical, community-relevant research that does good for our community. NARAC will also serve as an ethics-board, review seed grant applications submitted to the AHA Centre, help the AHA Centre team ensure that all of the work supported through this new funding opportunity is ethically sound.

We hope to achieve a balance between the voices on our council: First Nations, Inuit and Metis; elder, youth and everyone in between; not to mention community and academic. We also strive to have even representation from coast to coast to coast. There are 12 seats open on NARAC; please help us meet our challenge!

If you (or someone you know) think you may be interested in this opportunity, please contact Sherri Pooyak ( or Marni Amirault ( for more information and an application form.

AHA Centre Peer Research Associates (PRAs)

The AHA Centre is getting set to hire and train Peer Research Associates (PRAs) who will help with our on the ground work in several regions across Canada.

We are also looking for a PRA mentor. This will be someone who has past experience working with a research team as a PRA and who can guide AHA Centre staff to work with PRAs, ensuring that the needs of PRAs are met throughout the lifespan of the project.

East – Quebec; Ontario; New Brunswick/PEI; Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut.

West – Manitoba; Saskatchewan; Alberta; British Columbia and North West Territories/Yukon.

PRAs will help the AHA Centre build and maintain relationships with local AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) by:

  • increasing capacity building opportunities in his/her region through facilitation of capacity building and grants crafting workshops;
  • engaging in general communication between The AHA Centre and local Aboriginal ASO;
  • assisting the AHA Centre to greatly diversify the reach of the Centre; and
  •  contributing towards CAAN’s highly evaluated Wise Practices.

For more information and an application form please contact Sherri Pooyak or Marni Amirault

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