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ICAD Member Activities for
World AIDS Day, Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week and the 16th Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence


World AIDS Day Blog Series on the HuffPost Canada

ICAD and its members will be shining a light on what it will take to Close the Gap in the HIV response through its annual World AIDS Day blog series on the HuffPost Canada. The series features a selection of blogs written by ICAD’s member and partner organizations. Contributors share their broad range of perspectives and insight on what they think needs to be done to strengthen our HIV prevention efforts at home and abroad in order for the world to meet the ambitious target of ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2030.

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Location: Online

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Parliamentary Breakfast Commemorating World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, November 29, Ottawa, ON

November 28, 2018 (Ottawa) – This event will feature Indigenous community leaders discussing Closing the Gap in access to HIV and health services among adolescent girls and young women, within the context of this year’s AAAW and World AIDS Campaign theme of “Know your Status”. Keynote speakers include the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services and John Oliver, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health along with distinguished speakers from the community, Haoua Inoua, Manager of Education and Prevention (AIDS Committee of Ottawa) and Jasmine Cotnam, IPHA Liaison (Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network).

Date: November 28, 2018
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Ottawa

Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean (CHABAC) Network:

CHABAC Hubs to host Community Roundtables to coincide with World AIDS Day

December 1 – 6  (National) – The Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean (CHABAC) Network is hosting community roundtables in Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary and Halifax beginning December 1, 2018 to consult with service providers working with African, Black and Caribbean communities on the development of an African, Caribbean and Black-specific program science model. The initiative, is part of a five-year project (2018-2023) carried out in partnership by the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Health Association of African Canadians, HIV Community Link, HIV Edmonton and the African Black Diaspora Global Network.

Date: December 1-6
Location: National, multiple cities


Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN):

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week: Health For All – Know Your Status (December 1-6, 2018)

December 1 – 6 (National) – The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) announces Indigenous leadership and their supporters will celebrate its 20th Anniversary of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week on November 29, 2018 in Ottawa, ON for a Parliamentary Breakfast followed by December 1 – 6, 2018 events across the country (Vancouver, Edmonton, Peace River, Grand Prairie, Saskatoon, and more) to unite an Indigenous response to HIV and AIDS in a similar theme to World AIDS Day: Health For All – Know Your Status. This series of events will connect Indigenous organizations, government
 partners, health care providers, and community leaders as they share lessons learned in order to create community readiness and culturally safe approaches to wholistic testing, care and treatment.

Date: December 1-6
National, multiple cities


Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN):

“Orange the House” and Candlelight March

November 28 (National launch) and December 1 (Candlelight March – Ottawa)
The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) is shining the light on violence against women and girls in communities across Canada to mark the United Nations Orange Campaign #16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. GRAN is raising awareness in many towns and cities among municipal officials, members of legislatures and community leaders, where landmark buildings are being lit in orange. At the national level, GRAN is working to “Orange the House” on November 28th, asking all MPs to wear an orange ribbon that day. GRAN, in partnership with Women in International Security-Canada, the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Crime Prevention Ottawa is inviting everyone in Ottawa to join them for a candlelight march on December 1st starting at 4:15 p.m. at Minto Park (Gilmour and Elgin). A reception will follow at City Hall.

“Orange the House”

Date: Wednesday, November 28
Location: National

Candlelight March

Date: Saturday, December 1
Location: Minto Park (Gilmour and Elgin), Ottawa
Time: 4:15pm


Help Lesotho:

Help Lesotho Leadership Camp

Over the next two weeks, Help Lesotho will hold Leadership Camps to provide opportunities for vulnerable children to receive psychosocial support and life skills training to grow up and become young leaders in their schools and communities, at its Hlotse Seotlong Centre in Lesotho. Between 150-200 children are divided into two groups by age and attend an annual five-day Help Lesotho Leadership Camp. They enjoy meaningful learning opportunities, receive nutritious meals and snacks, make new friends and have fun in a safe place. Trained Help Lesotho youth and staff run the activities as examples of local role models in leadership roles. The children learn about HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health and gender equity in daily trainings. Leadership Camp inspires the children to overcome challenges and make a difference in their communities.

Date: December 1-6
Location: Lesotho



November 30 (Toronto, ON) – LetsStopAIDS, youth-HIV charity focusing on HIV prevention and knowledge exchange, would like to welcome members of the HIV community, their friends and anyone interested in World AIDS Day activities to join them for an open house this Friday, November 30.

Date: Friday, November 30th
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 122 John St, 3rd Floor, Toronto 
Cost: FREE (food donations, always welcome)