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This protocol can be applied to research projects focused on the epidemiology of the disease, interventions and implementation of strategies which aim to reduce the impact of HIV among Indigenous peoples. This is also a flexible tool that can be adapted to accommodate the specific needs of research teams in local territories.
When we speak of discrimination, a wide range of examples may come to mind. Most often, what appears are blatant acts of violence or hatred against a person or group of people. Most respond in shock and wonder how or why anyone should be singled out in such a way simply because they are different.
Indigenous peoples, communities, and cultures are strong. While the experiences of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada are unique, they have all experienced hundreds of years of colonization, persecution and on-going structural violence that was intended to push them to the margins of society.
An Elder is a First Nation or Métis person or Inuk who follows a traditional or spiritual
path to safeguard customs, language and culture for the coming seven generations. An
Elder has the respect of the people, earned by “walking the talk” in all aspects of life.