National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Campaign

Planned Activities 2016

Week One –  Launch of Hepatitis C Awareness Month – Ottawa, OntarioHep-C-poster-2016-Launch-web-72dpi

Co-hosted by: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Location: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa ON
Date: May 12th, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Week Three – The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto ON

Hep-C-poster-2016-Toronto-8x11-72dpiLocation: The 519 Church Street Community Centre
Date: May 18th, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – Lunch 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm event

Week Three – Location to be confirmed

Location: to be confirmed
Date: May 19th, 2016
Time: 9:00 am

Week Four – Hosted by All Nations Hope Network

Hep-C-poster-2016-week-4-all-nations-72dpiLocation: 2735 5th Ave, Regina, SK
Date: May 19th, 2016
Time: 9.00 am – 11:45 am

Week Five – Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship CentreHep-C-poster-2016-week-2-VAN-72dpi

Location: Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre,
Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 East Hastings
Date: May 25th, 2106
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

We are still planning this year’s campaign.  Please come back as this page will be updated as information becomes available. The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Hepatitis Services, BC Centre for Disease Control are partnering on the National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Campaign having agreed upon a mutual desire to work together to recognize the diversity and rights of Aboriginal Peoples regardless of residency, including the rights of Aboriginal Peoples to access and benefit from hepatitis C (HCV) prevention education and awareness, as well as related care, treatment and support to maintain a quality of life in a culturally appropriate manner. In that spirit, these partners are working together to launch the National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Campaign and month long activities will be held during the month of May.  Four major cities, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver and Winnipeg have been identified to carry out these activities. Hepatitis C is a major concern amongst Aboriginal people in Canada. Poor health, poverty, low education, limited housing, high unemployment, and sanitation problems are important factors that promote the spread of hepatitis C infections among Aboriginal peoples. Factors that increase the risk of hepatitis C infections include the regular use of injection drugs and involvement in other high-risk activities at an early age. Aboriginal prisoners in Canada’s jails may be at greater risk due to the high rates of infection among this population. As well, researchers have identified the previous widespread use of non-disposable medical equipment as a potential cause for hepatitis C infections among Inuit. Researchers believe that infection rates for hepatitis C are higher among Inuit and First Nations (1% to 18%) compared to other the Canadians (0.5% to 2%). Research also suggests that the pattern of infections and the various factors that place Aboriginal people at risk are different from other Canadians and therefore hepatitis C prevention education and health promotion should be different as well. This is the second year that this annual national campaign will take place and it is planned that the more communities learn about this virus the better they will be able to protect themselves and their families. Many resources are available online including brochures, posters, and Guide for Getting Ready for Treatment. Please click on the links to obtain further information.

Planned Activities 2015

Week One –  Launch of Hepatitis C Awareness Month – Ottawa, Ontario

Co-hosted by: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Location: Parliament Block, Ottawa Ontario
Date: May 1st, 2015
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Week Two – Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Partnership with Healing Our Nations


Location: Community Y 2269 Gottigen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: May 11th, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

Week Four – Red Deer, Alberta


Co-hosted by Shining Mountains,
Location: Sheraton Red Deer Hotel 3310 50th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Week Five – Vancouver, BC


Location:  Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Canuck Family Education Room,
The room located on the 2nd floor of the Eastside Family Place next to Grandview Park.

Date: May 31st
Time: 1:00-4:00pm

This event is brought to you by the Vancouver World Hepatitis Day 2015 Planning Committee & the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network.

June 6, 2015


The Saskatoon Infectious Disease Care Network (SIDCN) is hosting an event on June 6, 2015, with coordination from AIDS Saskatoon.

A Women’s Liver Health Fare – “Celebrating You” 

Location: Station 20, 1120 – 20th Avenue West, Saskatoon, SK
Date: June 6, 2015
Time: 3:00pm to 6:00 pm

nursing, testimonials, catering, door prizes, bingo, pottery art and more

Liver Life – testing and fibroscan available

come and learn, meet others, bring a friend and bring questions

Hepatitis C Postcards





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