The National Aboriginal Youth Strategy on HIV and AIDS in Canada for First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth from 2010 to 2015 (NAYSHAC) was developed in direct consultation with the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV and AIDS (NAYCHA).
The NAYCHA team was made up of Jessica Yee, Chair of NAYCHA and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Jeremy Jones – Vice Chair of NAYCHA; Joey Dore – Secretary of NAYCHA; Erin Konsmo; Rakiya Larkin; Ashley Norton; Brett Friday, Martin Morberg; Iehente Foote; Charlene Tuplin; Shawn Labobe; Jasmine Redfern, Billie Kozub and Alisha Sweezey. CAAN extends special thanks to NAYCHA’s honorary member Krista Shore.
NAYCHA is comprised of youth perspectives from all three distinctive groups of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. With our national council, and regional networks, we also represent a mix of urban/rural, on/off reserve, and region/territory specific youth. Each Aboriginal youth that contributed towards the strategy is speaking out to stop the spread of HIV, raise awareness and advocate for compassionate, culturally appropriate care, treatment and support for Aboriginal Youth living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.