A SAFER CIRCLE

My Community

We are interconnected; we are all in this together, and together, we are stronger.

Goal 1: Indigenous people in Alberta have access to culturally appropriate and safe HIV testing and treatment.

• Does my community provide access to culturally appropriate and safe HIV testing and treatment for each unique Indigenous population?
• Is my community prepared to allocate appropriate levels of funding to ensure safe HIV testing and treatment?

• Does my community ensure all frontline service workers have accurate and current HIV information to enable quick response and/or referrals to appropriate services?
• Are community service providers trained in the skills of professionalism and confidentiality?
• Is my community willing and able to nurture a support program for those living with HIV?

• Is my community aware of and willing to address the issues and barriers for establishing healthy HIV testing and treatment for each unique Indigenous population?
• Is my community able to provide a strong and culturally appropriate support system for community members to address HIV related issues?

• Does my community foster a strong cultural environment?

Goal 2: Indigenous people participate in decision making related to HIV policies and programs and take the lead in developing and delivering prevention and support services for HIV and related issues for Indigenous people.

• Does my community participate in decision making related to HIV policies and programs as they relate to each unique Indigenous population?
• Does my community take the lead in developing and delivering prevention and support services for HIV and related services as they relate to each unique Indigenous population?
• Does my community employ or advocate for the employment of key service provider positions of and for each unique Indigenous population?

• Is my community adequately trained to participate in a meaningful way in the process of creating appropriate culturally relevant HIV policies and programs for each unique Indigenous population?

• Is my community prepared to offer culturally informed support services for each unique Indigenous population?
• Is my community open to addressing the issue of HIV through culturally based Programs?

• Is my community adept at creating policies and program initiatives that are grounded in cultural perspectives and knowledge?
• Do my community’s HIV prevention and support services rest on cultural teachings?

Goal 3: HIV services in Alberta are culturally competent, & culturally safe.

• Is my community able to offer HIV services to each unique Indigenous population in a safe culturally competent environment?

• Do community service provider staff and administrators have the appropriate cultural teachings to ensure client safety?

• Does my community understand each unique Indigenous population enough to provide appropriate culturally safe HIV services?

• Does my community have an awareness of what the culture teaches about the wellbeing of each unique Indigenous population?

Goal 4: Indigenous people living with or affected by HIV experience caring, supportive, culturally safe and culturally informed environments.

• Does my community provide and/or support a safe environment tailored for each unique Indigenous population affected by HIV?

• Is my community able to understand and address the issues that impact the ability of those affected by HIV to feel safe?
• Is my community invested in learning the best way to provide support tailored for each unique Indigenous population affected by HIV?

• Does my community understand what each unique Indigenous population affected by HIV needs to feel supported?

• Does my community possess the cultural awareness needed to properly address cultural safety?