A SAFER CIRCLE

My Nation

We are interdependent; we have a keen sense of identity, history, culture, and responsibility.

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

• Lobby for, and/or provide, funding to establish regular HIV testing sites in First Nations, Métis and Inuit (rural and urban) communities throughout the province of Alberta where the Indigenous populations have control over the testing process to ensure culturally appropriate and safe HIV testing and treatment occurs for their respective populations.

• Lobby for the establishment of pre-and post HIV testing counselling services that are culturally appropriate and safe for their respective populations.

• Lobby for and put in place culturally appropriate HIV testing and treatment policies and programs for their respective populations.

• Establish Elder Advisory Councils that can provide culturally appropriate and safe HIV testing and treatment supports for their respective populations.

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.

• Establish a provincial Indigenous HIV Policy and Program Co-Management body that works collaboratively with mainstream ASO’s, the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada to ensure that the collective Indigenous population has a clear and united voice regarding HIV policies and programs.

• Work collaboratively with mainstream ASO’s, the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada to establish, review and maintain HIV policies and programs for their respective Indigenous populations.

• Work collaboratively with mainstream ASO’s, the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada to diagnose the need for, design, develop and co-deliver prevention and support services for HIV and related issues for their respective populations.

• Work collaboratively with First Nations, Métis and Inuit (rural and urban) Elders and traditional peoples to establish HIV policies and programs that ensure culturally appropriate and safe prevention and support services are diagnosed, designed, developed and delivered for their respective populations.

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

• Identify First Nations, Métis and Inuit training/higher education service providers that can assist in designing, developing and delivering culturally competent and culturally safe Indigenous HIV program and service training programs for mainstream and Indigenous ASO’s and Indigenous health service providers.

• Work collaboratively with First Nations, Métis and Inuit training/higher education service providers to diagnose the need for, design, develop and deliver culturally competent and culturally safe Indigenous HIV program and service training programs for mainstream and Indigenous ASO’s and Indigenous health service providers.

• Establish supportive training sites throughout the province of Alberta for the ongoing delivery of appropriate Indigenous HIV program and service training programs.

• Work collaboratively with First Nations, Métis and Inuit (rural and urban) Elders and traditional peoples in the regular ongoing provision of relevant training programs.

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

• The provincial Indigenous HIV Policy and Program Co-Management body establishes an annual evaluation process that gauges the experiences of their respective populations in relation to the establishment and maintenance of caring, supportive and culturally informed environments throughout the province of Alberta.

• The provincial Indigenous HIV Policy and Program Co-Management body establishes policies and processes that ensure Indigenous peoples living with or affected by HIV have input into the regular evaluation of the caring, supportive and culturally informed environments.

• Where gaps and shortfalls are identified through the evaluation processes in relation to caring, supportive and culturally informed environments, the provincial Indigenous HIV Policy and Program Co-Management body lobbies to ensure that the gaps and shortfalls are addressed in a timely manner.

• The provincial Indigenous HIV Policy and Program Co-Management body establishes an Elders and Traditional Persons Advisory Council to assist in the regular evaluation processes of the caring, supportive and culturally informed environments.