SHERRI: Time sure does fly as it seems like it was only a few days ago that Marni and I were gallivanting around BC together, attending meetings and networking. Yet, that was already a few months ago. Sadly, we have not been engaged in work together these past few months, rather we have taken the time to get caught up on our own individual work.
For me, April was a time to get some outstanding work done. This included doing data analysis for a project entitled: Positive Living Positive Homes with the Pacific AIDS Network and some other great community organizations around BC. Here is a link to find out more about the study http://plphstudy.ca/2016/04/25/plph-participatory-analysis-has-begun/
In April a small group from the Refining the Research Response project met in Victoria, BC for a 2-day meeting to develop a framework for this project. It was not only great to see colleagues who mainly reside on the eastern side of the country, but also to be a part of project that will identify community priorities and will hopefully bring further attention of what Aboriginal people living with HIV and AIDS want in terms of research.
The next couple of months will include a lot of travel, which is a good thing as I get to see colleagues and friends. I am looking forward to this time and to reconnect with everyone at the CAAN AGM.
MARNI: for my part, I have been working with AHA Centre staff and our National Aboriginal Research Advisory Committee on documents that will provide our membership with definitions for some of CAAN’s research terms. What does it mean when we say that we are doing our research in a ‘good way’, for example. We are hoping to have these documents finalized by the end of the summer.
In April, I worked with a group of international Indigenous researchers, academics, and allies on developing a grant proposal that will help us to be able to better share our knowledge and experiences more readily. Our goal is to share our research, much of which has been undertaken by members of the team and generate new knowledge by linking studies that have not been reviewed collectively before and exchange current knowledge within and outside the network to advance policy and decision making. We are hoping to apply for a Catalyst Grant on June 28th to keep moving this work forward.
May first and second I spent in Goose Bay, Labrador where I was invited to present on CAAN’s research at the Red Ribbon Show, an annual fundraiser for HIV and AIDS in Goose Bay. This was a wonderful community event complete with information about HIV and AIDs and performances from the many talented Labrador musicians. I was also invited to meet with the HIV/AIDS advisory committee to tell them about the AHA Centre and the kind of work that we do. The director of the Labrador Friendship Center is very interested in learning more about research, so we’re hoping that we will be able to entice them to a research team in the near future.