CAAN December 1 – 6: AAAW 2012 Regional Event Descriptions

Nov 06, 2012

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Co-hosted by Ka Ni Kanichihk –Winnipeg, MB

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2012 Launch Event

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will be hosting the Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week Launch Event on December 1, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where the Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health of Manitoba will be in attendance.  The 2012 AAAW will connect national Aboriginal organizations, government partners, health care providers, and community leaders to support this year’s national campaign theme: Getting to Zero.  Zero new Infections.  Zero discrimination.  Zero AIDS related deaths.

Location:              Delta Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Time:                     10:00 am – 4:00 pm CST

Contact:               Ken Clement, [email protected] :: 604-266-7616

Art Zoccole, [email protected]

Sunday, Dec 2

Co-hosted by Healing Our Nations – Halifax, NS

Getting to ZERO in the Maritimes: Luncheon and Merchandise Bingo Fundraiser

As part of the national Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week (AAAW), Healing Our Nations and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will be co-hosting a lunch of Spaghetti and Luski free of charge and will be playing merchandise bingo for $20.00 a card on December 2, 2012 at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre in Halifax NS. All monies raised during the event will go to the APHA Fund at Healing Our Nations. Regional Chief of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Morley Googoo will speak and do an opening and closing prayer.

Location:              Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre 2158 Gottingen St Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time:                     12:00 pm – 4:00 pm AST
Contact:               Patrick Brownlee, [email protected] :: 902-433-0900 ext 221

Monday, Dec 3

Co-hosted by Pauktuutit – Iqaluit, NU

Inuit Youth Rock! Protect Your Body, Strengthen Your Community!  

Pauktuutit and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will be co-hosting a daylong event to highlight youth power in the city of Iqaluit!  Fun filled day will start with the signing of the Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Declaration. The team led by Jessica Danforth will then move to the local high school assembly for an interactive presentation on sexual health and youth activism, and the day will end with an exciting night of music, storytelling, and prizes with the launch of Pauktuutit’s Sexual Health Terms Book at the Youth Centre, hosted by emcee Anguti Johnston as Inuk Qablunaaq from Qanurli.

Location:           Various Iqaluit locations (request details)
Time:                 TBD

Contact:            Jessica Danforth, [email protected] :: 920.883.2821

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Co-hosted by All Nations Hope – Regina, SK

Aboriginal Brothers and Sisters in the Justice System

All Nations Hope and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will be co-hosting an event to highlight and bring focus to the overwhelming population of Aboriginal people within the justice system. Pipe Ceremony will take place at noon.  Lunch at 1:00pm and words will be shared by national, regional and local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people concerned about Aboriginal people in the justice system and how it puts them at great risk for HIV and AIDS.

Location:             All Nations Hope AIDS Network, 2735 5th Ave. Regina, Saskatchewan
Time:                   12:00pm – 3:00pm (Opening Prayer at 1:00 pm) CST
Contact:              Leona Quewezance, l[email protected] :: 1.877.210.7622 or 306.924.8424 ext 227

Wednesday, Dec 5

Co-hosted by 2-Spirited People of the 1st NationsUnion of Ontario Indians,Interagency Coalition on AIDS & DevelopmentNative Youth Sexual Health Network, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, Ontario First Nations HIV/AIDS Education Circle – Toronto, ON

Think Global – Act Local: Indigenous people and HIV and AIDS

Our co-hosts come together to invite Aboriginal organizations, First Nation communities, people living with HIV, front line HIV/AIDS workers and our allies to join them for presentations and discussions about international Indigenous HIV and AIDS issues and how these relate to provincial, regional, and local realities. Focusing on a human rights approach, participants will talk about the scope of HIV work they do locally and the expanding vision of promoting Indigenous specific approaches to the social determinants of health globally to address the continuing legacy of colonization and neo-colonialism. This session is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served.

Location:              Ramada Plaza Downtown Toronto – 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario

Time:                     10:00am – 3:00pm EST

Contact:               RSVP with Trevor Stratton by Nov 23, [email protected] :: 416.999.3250

Wednesday, Dec 5 – Thursday, Dec 6

Co-hosted by Red Road HIV/AIDS Network – Victoria, BC

Celebrating Aboriginal Women

Red Road HIV/AIDS Network and Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will partner to host an event on December 5-6, 2012 in Victoria, BC. Red Road HIV/AIDS Network is mobilizing the community to be part of this event, which will have a focus on Aboriginal women.  Activities will include speakers from the local, regional and national levels who will speak to Aboriginal women’s issues and share highlights.  The event will also feature traditional ceremonies and performances.  As a special presentation the local organizers have invited the Visioning Health Arts and Positive Aboriginal Women exhibit. This session is free to attend; lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Location:              Vancouver Island Ball Room, Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia

Time:                     9:00am – 4:00pm PST
Contact:               James Beck, [email protected] :: 778.340.3388. For more information visit:


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