About the CANADIAN ABORIGINAL AIDS NETWORK
MANDATE OF THE ORGANIZATION
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 and AIDS. CAAN faces the challenges created by HIV and 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 and AIDS and related issues where Aboriginal cultures, traditions, values and Indigenous knowledge are vibrant, alive, respected, valued and integrated into day-to-day life.
Showing leadership on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS Issues;
- Maintain partnerships with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and the private sector, and
- Host Gatherings of Aboriginal People living with HIV and 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.
- 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.
Current Host of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS that works to advance Indigenous HIV and AIDS issues around the world, especially during International AIDS conferences.
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