Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week Launches in Ottawa Dec 1

Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health to Deliver Keynote

OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2016 /CNW/ -


During Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, Aboriginal Peoples across Canada are putting up their hands to stop the epidemic proportions they are experiencing 2.7 times higher than other Canadians. Following the launch in Ottawa, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will host a series of Hands Up for #HIVprevention events across Canada to reflect on the Indigenous response to HIV: what has been achieved, must still be achieved.

"Aboriginal Peoples across Canada are putting up their hands to create community readiness and culturally safe approaches to testing, care and treatment," stated CEO of CAAN, Ken Clement. "Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week will bring awareness to the different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to key populations such as women and youth."

·  12:15pm: Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health – Keynote 

·  1:30pm: Bob Monette, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa – Remarks & Signing Declaration

·  1:40 pm: Chair, Canadian Global Health All-Parliamentary Caucus on HIV, TB Malaria


Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St. Ottawa, ON


Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

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About CAAN www.caan.ca
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a non-profit coalition of individuals and organizations which provides leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal individuals living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, regardless of where they reside. Their philosophy is that all Aboriginal Peoples deserve the right to protect themselves against infectious disease and thrives on providing accurate information about HIV including risks of contracting the virus, issues of care and treatment, and support for families and those living with the disease.

SOURCE Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

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