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/AIDS. CAAN faces the challenges created by HIV/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/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/AIDS Issues;
- Maintain partnerships with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and the private sector, and
- Host Gatherings of Aboriginal People living with HIV/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/AIDS that works to advance Indigenous HIV/AIDS issues around the world, especially during International AIDS conferences.