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“Indigenous harm reduction is love.” – Traditional Knowledge Carrier, Wanda Whitebird

The purpose of this policy brief is to outline Indigenous approaches to harm reduction. We also recommend ways in which governments and organizations can incorporate Indigenous approaches to harm reduction into their on-going and future efforts to support the self-defined, self-determined, and distinctions-based health and wellness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

In partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

ICAD is pleased to present a webinar with ICAD intern Scott Gould and Board Member Trevor Stratton. Scott, one of ICAD’s International Aboriginal Youth interns, has recently returned from his placement in Kingston, Jamaica where he worked as the Income Generation Projects Assistant with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL).

During his presentation, Scott shared experiences while in Jamaica and reflected on the similarities and differences he observed between HIV/AIDS in Jamaica and in Aboriginal communities in Canada. Together, Scott and Trevor led a discussion exploring these links and the impact that stigma and discrimination has on both communities.

Using a social determinants of health lens, this factsheet highlights some of the particular issues facing indigenous populations regarding HIV, and provides some lessons learned from both the Canadian and African contexts that may be useful in determining next steps forward.

Behind the Pandemic provides a participatory learning tool that skilled facilitators can use to foster greater understanding and the ability to address factors that contribute to the health inequalities facing Aboriginal peoples. It can be can tailored to different audi­ences and settings, such as Aboriginal youth in schools, Aboriginal leaders in community settings, and people who currently or are being trained to inform, design, and implement health and social services, specifically around HIV and AIDS.

Produced in collaboration with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network.

This fact sheet introduces the reader to the broader determinants of health in an Aboriginal context. The broader determinants are intended to complement the social determinants of health and are reflective of the historical features that shape the contemporary health profile of Aboriginal Canadians.