Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Connects World Experts and Activists in South Africa

International Indigenous AIDS Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS 2016

VANCOUVER, June 22, 2016 /CNW/ - As Canada celebrates Aboriginal History Month to recognize the enormous contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to Canada, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is getting ready to share those gains with the world! They will represent Canada as activists, researchers, doctors and policy-makers gather in Durban, South Africa for the 6th Annual International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS (IIPCHA) July 16-17, and the biennial International AIDS Conference (IAC) July 18-22, 2016.

Expected Guests/Speakers:

  • Honourable Canadian Minister of Health, Jane Philpott
  • Provincial Minister of Health KwaZulu-Natal, Dr. Sibongiseni Maxwell Dhlomo
  • Mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo
  • Deputy Executive Director of UN AIDS, Dr. Luiz Loures

CAAN is part of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) that will host the pre-conference and lead daily interactive sessions on:

  • Traditional Medicine, Care, Treatment, Support & Prevention
  • Indigenous Identities, World Views and HIV  
  • Meaningful Engagement of Women and Girls
  • Leadership, Advocacy and Policy: Social and Structural Drivers of HIV

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Ebenezer Durojaye, African Commission of Human Rights
  • Dr. Earl Nowgesic, University of Toronto
  • Marama Pala, International Indigenous Working Group HIV/AIDS
  • Delme Cupido, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
  • Zodwa Masinga, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • John Meletse, Hearing Impaired HIV Activist

IIPCHA will also host the world premiere of CAAN's new documentary, "Nothing About Us, Without us - Promising Practices in Saskatchewan First Nation Communities". The film highlights Indigenous communities in rural Saskatchewan that are experiencing HIV and AIDS rates among highest in the world, and with innovative, culturally appropriate practices are taking ownership of their health and addressing the epidemic.

"The International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS is an opportunity for Indigenous peoples from all over the world to share wise and promising practices, learn from each other and build relationships across continents, cultures, traditions, and languages," said Ken Clement, IIWGHA Co-Chair Canada and CAAN CEO.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous are invited to come together in Durban, South Africa to celebrate, strategize and network on an Indigenous led response to HIV AIDS. For more information or complimentary registration, visit: http://bit.ly/iipcha2016

About IIWGHA iiwgha.org
For over two decades Indigenous peoples and leaders around the world have worked together to form the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS to build a unified voice for Indigenous peoples in collective action against HIV and AIDS by creating partnerships with governments, Indigenous leaders, research bodies, and AIDS organizations.

About Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)  www.caan.ca

Not-for-profit coalition of individuals and organizations providing leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal individuals living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

SOURCE Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

For further information: Media Contact: Shelley Mantei, Mediatonic PR, 1.604.649.2893, shelley@mediatonicpr.com


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