For many Aboriginal people, the Eagle is a symbol of leadership. Eagles fly high and have great vision so they can spot food and see potential dangers. Eagles mate for life, and work together to protect and care for the Eaglets in their nest. When it is time for the Eaglets to be on their way, the mother Eagle prepares them by making it uncomfortable for them to stay. Eventually, the Young Eagles are pushed out of their nest because their parents know they must go out to experience the world on their own.
Aboriginal youth can be like Young Eagles, working together to lead the future health of our communities.
HOW DO THE GUIDES WORK?
Are you an Aboriginal youth (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) under the age of 29 years old?
The Young Eagles’ Challenge includes two guides that have been created to support you to learn about Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV and AIDS), and to even support you to talk to others about them.
- KNOW IT! The first guide has important information about HIV and AIDS in it. Learning about this will allow you to be more familiar with what HIV and AIDS and how it is spread from one person to another.
- DO IT! The second guide offers you tips, checklists and resources in case you want to talk to other youth and your community about HIV and AIDS. You can be part of a group of Young Eagles spreading this knowledge across Canada!
GOOD STUFF TO KNOW
These two guides have great information for Aboriginal youth that can be shaped to meet group’s needs. Each Aboriginal community is very diverse, the following information is meant to be only guiding principles. Use what makes sense for you as an Aboriginal youth.