Aboriginal Communities


Aboriginal Communities


Imprisonment. Mental health issues. Drug and alcohol abuse. Poverty. Poor health.

Each of these factors increases a person’s risk of contracting HIV — and in Canada, Aboriginal people suffer disproportionately from all of them

We’ve collaborated with Aboriginal organizations across the country since 2001 to respond to HIV on two fronts:

  • in marginalized populations in which Aboriginal people are overrepresented, such as prisoners and drug users; and
  • in Aboriginal communities, where discrimination, inadequate funding and inconsistent quality of HIV programs and services all remain problematic.

Indigenous Communities: Summary of Legal Needs Assessment

In 2014, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (“Legal Network”) and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) began collaborating to produce a series of legal information resources for Indigenous communities living with and affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C (HCV). In support of this effort, a legal needs assessment was carried out to determine priority legal […]

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Indigenous Communities and HIV Disclosure to Sexual Partners: Questions and Answers

While the criminal law is a blunt instrument to deal with complex issues such as disclosure or the root causes for HIV in Indigenous communities, it is the law in Canada, and it is important for you to know about it so you can make informed decisions about your sexual life. This brochure has been […]

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Aboriginal People and HIV/AIDS: Legal Issues

This is a series of nine info sheets: Issues Discrimination Human Rights Law Dealing with Discrimination Jurisdictional Barriers Health Care Confidentiality HIV Testing Access to HIV Testing

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