National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2010:
Leaders Gather in Regina to Discuss Aboriginal Access
November 8, 2010 - Vancouver, BC - Saskatchewan's escalating HIV rates set the stage for leaders to gather in Regina for
the launch of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2010 (December 1 - 5, 2010). On December 1, 2010, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will be hosting a special
presentation luncheon to share the knowledge, expertise and work addressing Aboriginal HIV/AIDS issues in Canada.
Expected speakers at the luncheon will include: Don McMorris, Saskatchewan Minister of Health; Robert G. Doucette, President of Metis Saskatchewan, and
Guy Lonechild, Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. The forum connects national Aboriginal organizations, government partners and health care providers
to better understand what is driving this epidemic and strategize harm reduction for the Aboriginal people - First Nations, Métis and Inuit - who make up a unique segment of
the concentrated HIV/AIDS epidemic in Canada.
"Aboriginal people deserve universal access and human rights, especially as it relates to Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk," states
Ken Clement, CEO of Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. "However, discrimination, ignorance and stigma cause serious road blocks - in our communities and in places where our
people receive health care - and challenge our ability to meet these basic rights, which threatens the very integrity of Aboriginal families."
Aboriginal people are the largest group affected and of those: 48.8% of who test positive for HIV are women, and 32.6% are youth. It is the goal of this event to put
a face to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS with the theme of "Respect & Honor Equals Healthy Mother, Healthy Child." It is only by remedying the "Discrimination, Ignorance and Stigma
(D.I.S.)" associated with the virus that the Aboriginal community will be granted better access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
A convergence of culture, social, health and political events during Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week is creating a climate for important positive developments on
the HIV/AIDS agenda. CAAN invites you to join us to hear the Aboriginal voice:
Where: Regina Inn Hotel & Conference Centre - 1975 Broad Street, Regina
When: December 1, 2010 11:00am - 3:00pm CST
RSVP: By November 19, 2010 to Peter Vickers email@example.com or call 604.266.7616 (Toll
CAAN Mandate & Mission www.caan.ca
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