Media Advisory - AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to Commemorate World AIDS Day, Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week at Red Ribbon Flag Raising Ceremony

OTTAWA, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will today join the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, for events observing World AIDS Day and the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Ottawa.

National Chief Bellegarde will join the Minister of Health for a Rapid HIV Test at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Afterward, National Chief Bellegarde will participate in the World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Flag Raising Ceremony led by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) in honour of all Canadians living with HIV and AIDS.

Rapid HIV Test
When: Thursday, December 17:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EST
Where: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
299 Montreal Rd, Vanier, ON

World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Flag Raising Ceremony
When: Thursday, December 110:00am to 11:00am EST
Where: Parliament of Canada

Notes to media: National Chief Bellegarde will have flexible media availability throughout both events. Both events are open to the media and to the public.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.


SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information: Media contacts: Jenn Jefferys, Communications Officer, 613-222-9656,; Alain Garon, Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-292-0857,

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