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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)

Twelve youth, two countries, one aim: produce two documentaries exploring how youth respond to HIV and AIDS.    The first film is entitled ‘The Similarities of Our Differences. The Making of One Blood Youth Linked in Action’ and gives viewers a behind the scenes tour of the creation of the ‘One Blood:  Youth Linked in Action’ documentary.  Capturing the voices of youth from Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, the ‘One Blood: Youth Linked in Action’ documentary will take you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Recognizing the synergy of youth from diverse backgrounds, this 20-minute documentary explores the links … Read more 

This gap analysis was undertaken as part of the Strengthening the Capacity of Service Providers to Deliver HIV Prevention Programs to the African Diaspora in Canada project. This project aims to ensure that African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Communities in Canada are meaningfully engaged in HIV prevention efforts. It also intends to build the capacity of service providers, both mainstream as well as African and Caribbean Diaspora and Black-specific, so that they are better equipped to deliver prevention and other HIV services to ACB communities in Canada.

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.

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.

The following report:

Provides a demographic profile of African and Caribbean Diaspora populations living in Canada, the USA and the UK;
Details HIV/AIDS statistics from these countries, comparing national rates to those of African and Caribbean Diaspora populations;
Discusses some of the key risk factors and barriers to prevention that specifically impact African and Caribbean Diaspora communities in Canada, the USA and the UK;
Compares and contrasts selected HIV prevention interventions that focus specifically on African and Caribbean Diaspora populations in each of these countries;
Based on the analysis of these interventions, highlights a series of recommendations for organizations doing HIV prevention work among the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

This resource was developed to be used used at the municipal, provincial and national level to enable better planning and delivery of HIV and AIDS programs and services. It is targeted to everyone who is interested or willing to address HIV and AIDS in Black communities in Canada.

HIV/AIDS is having a disproportionate affect on people of African heritage living in Canada. The impact of racism on employment opportunities, access to housing and social mobility is a contributing factor. Other multiple and intersecting factors, such as gender, immigration status, sexual orientation and language also increase vulnerability to and risk of HIV infection.

The objective of the Springboarding a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Black Canadian, African and Caribbean Communities project is to conduct preliminary research that will contribute to the development of a national HIV/AIDS strategy for Black Canadian, African and Caribbean communities. It was developed in response to the disproportionate number of Black people testing HIV positive and to the need identified, Canada-wide, by AIDS service organizations (ASOs) of how to best respond to the increasing number of Black people for HIV/AIDS services.