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Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

15th Annual General Meeting

“Circle of Life: Holistic Healing Begins with Us” 

Vancouver, BC(May 6th, 2013) – In 2013, expansion of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network’s (CAAN) mandate to include a holistic health model has become a top priority when discussing HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections (STBBIs). This year, CAAN hopes to explore this issue even further at their 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Skills Building workshop in Vancouver. From the perspectives of the individual, the family and the community, CAAN intends to focus their energy on areas such as mental health, aging and chronic diseases associated with HIV and STBBIs.

Bringing together around 200 participants per year, the AGM provides an opportunity for national Aboriginal organizations, government partners, healthcare providers and community leaders to gather together and discuss the overall goal of: Getting to zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.

“At the last AGM we were given direction to move towards a holistic approach to HIV,” says Ken Clement, CEO of CAAN, “an approach that must include attention to the non-medicinal, cultural and spiritual determinants of health. We are taking the necessary steps to include these changes and provide better care, treatment and support for APHAs.”

Where: Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, BC
When: June 25th-27th, 2013

With planning currently underway, CAAN encourages those interested in registering to go online at for more information.

About CAAN
The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a not-for-profit coalition of individuals and organizations which provides leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, regardless of where they reside.

Ken Clement, CEO
6520 Salish Drive
Vancouver, BC V6N 2C7
Phone: 604-266-7616 / Fax: 604-266-7612

(604) 266-7616
Vancouver, BC V6N 2C7