Draft Agenda

Final-AGM-Agenda-August-2012-Final

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Skills Building Sessions include:

1. Aboriginal Women, HIV, Community and Culture

Chee Mamuk, Aboriginal Program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, is a provincial Aboriginal program that provides innovative and culturally appropriate HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) education, resources, and wise practice models. Chee Mamuk’s services are grounded in community, tradition and science in order to build capacity in Aboriginal communities to prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs.

Chee Mamuk has developed a Train-the-Trainer education model called Around the Kitchen Table (ATKT) that includes many teachings and traditions to bring HIV education and awareness into Aboriginal communities. Chee Mamuk trains teams of 4 women to learn how to facilitate a series of ATKT sessions in their home communities by sharing meals and combining cultural activities with HIV and sexual health teachings.

ATKT follows a traditional approach; recognizing that traditional knowledge and skills are passed through informal day-to-day activities. ATKT honours Aboriginal women as natural teachers and leaders in their communities. By building on traditions and bringing women together to learn about HIV and hepatitis, ATKT helps increase healthy self-esteem and identity.

The ATKT Team members have further developed skills in facilitation, increased their knowledge on HIV, and strengthened relationships with Elders and other women in their communities. ATKT teams adapt the ATKT model to meet their own community needs and engage community members in innovative ways.

In this workshop, Chee Mamuk will describe the Around the Kitchen Table model, and will provide opportunity for discussion on how participants may adapt ideas from ATKT to their own work/groups. Chee Mamuk will bring video clips of team sharing their experiences facilitating ATKT sessions. As well as ATKT community engagement materials, show examples of ATKT activities and provide copies of the guide “Around the Kitchen Table: A Model for HIV, Hepatitis and Sexual Health Education”.

2. Living with the Disabling Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C –

This interactive workshop will open a space to explore the disabling impact of HIV and Hepatitis C on the quality of life for people living with these illnesses.

New medications and advances in HIV and HEP C treatments have led many people with access to medications, living longer and enjoying healthier, more active lives. While at the same time many people are experiencing the disabling impacts of aging with HIV and the long-term use of the associated medications.

These impacts can include periods of more stable health interuppted by episodes or periods of illness or disability. These episodes may vary in severity, length and predictability from one person to another. The ‘episodic disabilities’ can have a negative impact on:
Employment participation
• income security
• Access to care and services and social

Through collectively sharing our knowledge, experiences and ideas, this workshop will begin to develop a common understanding of ‘episodic disabilities’ and how this relates to HIV/AIDS and Hep C.

3. Positive Women – Exposing Injustice

Canada has the dubious distinction of being a world leader in prosecuting people living with HIV for non-disclosure of their HIV-positive status to a sexual partner. As of today more than 130 people have been charged in Canada and the number of prosecutions continues to increase. This presentation offers an opportunity to look at this complex and topical issue from the very particular perspective of women living with HIV whose voices has rarely been heard on this issue.

We will be screening a 45 minutes documentary entitled Positive Women: Exposing Injustice that was recently produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions. The movie tells the personal stories of four women living with HIV in Canada — a Quebecker who was charged for not telling her partner that she had HIV at the beginning of an ultimately abusive relationship, a young woman who chose not to pursue charges against the man who infected her, an Aboriginal woman who has personally faced extreme stigma and threats, and a Latina woman who describes the challenges of disclosure and intimate relationships for women living with HIV. Their stories are real, raw and from the heart, and tell the truth about what it’s like to live in a society that all-too-often criminalizes intimate behaviour between consenting adults and discriminates against those living with HIV. Legal experts, doctors, counsellors and support workers also lend their voices to challenge current Canadian laws that are letting down the very women they are meant to protect.

The film will be introduced by Cécile Kazatchkine, a policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session.

4. Viral load, antiretroviral treatment, and HIV transmission risk – what do we know and what does it mean?

The transmission of HIV occurs after an exposure to fluids that contain HIV, such as blood, semen, rectal fluid, and vaginal fluid. Research shows that a higher amount of HIV (viral load) in these fluids increases the risk of HIV transmission, while a lower amount of HIV decreases the risk of HIV transmission. Since successful antiretroviral treatment can reduce the viral load of someone living with HIV to undetectable levels, there has been increasing interest in the use of treatment as a HIV prevention tool. In this workshop we will explore what having an undetectable viral load means, what the research says and doesn’t say about viral load and HIV transmission, and what this means for our lives and work.

5. “Documentary Dialogue”

The purpose of this activity is to explore and record the experience of the Aboriginal HIV community in Canada with emphasis on historical markers and specifically current issues related to disclosure. We plan to cover the issues of updated science on transmission, the current cases before the Canadian courts about disclosure and first hand experiences of Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS and their thoughts around disclosure. It is anticipated a 25-30 minute documentary will be completed by March 2013.

Our intention at the 2012 Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Skills Building and AGM will to be network with organizations across Canada who might be interested in providing insight about the films subject, or who might be interested in using the film for any of their programs, or those people who might be interested in participating in the film whether it be advocates, lawyers, or people living with HIV/AIDS.

6. First Direction: Engaging Aboriginal Youth Through Video Making

The Aboriginal Youth Program of Vancouver’s YouthCo AIDS Society would like to share their successful and engaging ‘First Direction’ workshop with other AIDS Service Organizations. Having an outcome of three short videos with themes such as reducing stigma, prevention and testing; the AYP was able to educate and build awareness with youth aged 14-29, form 14 different communities across BC. We found that video-making was an excellent way to get youth interested and engaged in the facts and issues surrounding HIV and Hepatitis C. Let us show you how! From the intent behind what educational workshops we used, to helping youth create their own messaging and all the way to the final outcome; we’ll take you on our fun and successful journey of youth engagement that was rewarding for both participant and facilitator.

7. MEPA – From Greater involvement to Meaningful Engagement

In 1989 at the Fifth International AIDS Conference in Montreal, PLWHA (PHAS) stormed into the room which held decision-making tables on HIV/AIDS. As a result, agencies and other decision-making bodies ensured they secured and APHA representative on their board, council, advisory, etc. What was being noticed, unfortunately, was that too many positions were being held by APHAs, who, for whatever reason, were not effectively advance the APHA Agenda. Was this intentional on the part of the agency, or were there fundamental skills lacking in the APHAs holding these positions? How these APHAs earned that seat was starting to be called into question.

8. Self Care_ For Sexual Abuse Survivors – Skill Grounding Atmosphere

Goal: to assist individuals to make changes in their lives by utilizing Innovative Strategies to build therapeutic relationships and a practice that is based on collaboration, respect, Quality wisdom, diversity, honesty bravery and truth.

12 week approach to self discover bridging gap form the past to the present, enabling a balanced future of health and well being.

9. Preparedness for Admission

This presentation will cover basic information to assist with hospice or hospital admission. Topics covered include: what is the difference? who to tell; help you may need; preparing for admission (personal items/bag); billing (TV, phone, ambulance and/or room) and why it is important to follow discharge instructions. This presentation is geared to participants who work in care, treatment and support as well as any person who may have an upcoming admissions or for caregivers.

10. Aboriginal Women, HIV, Community and Culture

Chee Mamuk, Aboriginal Program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, is a provincial Aboriginal program that provides innovative and culturally appropriate HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) education, resources, and wise practice models. Chee Mamuk’s services are grounded in community, tradition and science in order to build capacity in Aboriginal communities to prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs.

Chee Mamuk has developed a Train-the-Trainer education model called Around the Kitchen Table (ATKT) that includes many teachings and traditions to bring HIV education and awareness into Aboriginal communities. Chee Mamuk trains teams of 4 women to learn how to facilitate a series of ATKT sessions in their home communities by sharing meals and combining cultural activities with HIV and sexual health teachings.

ATKT follows a traditional approach; recognizing that traditional knowledge and skills are passed through informal day-to-day activities. ATKT honours Aboriginal women as natural teachers and leaders in their communities. By building on traditions and bringing women together to learn about HIV and hepatitis, ATKT helps increase healthy self-esteem and identity.

The ATKT Team members have further developed skills in facilitation, increased their knowledge on HIV, and strengthened relationships with Elders and other women in their communities. ATKT teams adapt the ATKT model to meet their own community needs and engage community members in innovative ways.

In this workshop, Chee Mamuk will describe the Around the Kitchen Table model, and will provide opportunity for discussion on how participants may adapt ideas from ATKT to their own work/groups. Chee Mamuk will bring video clips of team sharing their experiences facilitating ATKT sessions. As well as ATKT community engagement materials, show examples of ATKT activities and provide copies of the guide “Around the Kitchen Table: A Model for HIV, Hepatitis and Sexual Health Education”.

11. Indigenous youth are rocking the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Movement!

Abstract: Come to this interactive session where we will discuss and dialogue about all the cool jazzy things Indigenous youth are currently doing in the HIV/AIDS movement – from the spectacular Indigenous youth leadership at the International AIDS 2012 conference, to the new National Native American Youth HIV/AIDS Council in the United States, to the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS’s community-based participatory research project “Young Eagles Soar”. Indigenous youth are rocking HIV/AIDS initiatives across Turtle Island – in honor of the paths and work that has been done before us, and we want to hear what you have to say about it too!

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