A SAFER CIRCLE

ASO’s

ACCH has identified ways in which AIDS Service and related organizations can provide support, enrich and strengthen their services, and allow the Indigenous communities a safe space to participate fully in addressing HIV.

What can Frontline Services do to support Strategies at the Individual level?

• Provide safe spaces to offer support that reflects the cultural needs of each unique Indigenous population. (women, youth, Elders, men, 2 spirit)
• Partner with Indigenous people in developing and delivering services.

• Provide accurate and culturally appropriate and relevant information for each unique Indigenous population.

• Provide culturally informed support services for each unique Indigenous population.

• Provide access to cultural supports for each unique Indigenous population.
• Consult with Indigenous Elders in developing and delivering services.

What can Frontline Services do to provide services focused on Indigenous Families?

• Provide safe spaces to offer support that reflect the cultural needs of each unique Indigenous family member and to families.
• Support the capacity of Indigenous families to meet their own needs.

• Provide accurate and culturally appropriate and relevant information for each unique Indigenous family member and to families.
• Support Indigenous families to develop processes to support their wellbeing that is directed and led by them.

• Provide culturally informed support services for each unique Indigenous family member and to families.
• Engage in open and transparent processes with Indigenous families to build trust and safety.

• Provide access to cultural supports for each unique Indigenous family member and to families.
• Build relationships with Elders to support Indigenous families.

What can Frontline Services do to support Strategies at the level of the Indigenous Community?

• Work in cooperation with various community organizations and service providers to provide safe spaces to address the cultural needs of each unique Indigenous population.

• Assist each other (service providers) to provide accurate and culturally appropriate HIV information for each unique Indigenous population.

• Network with health promotions service providers to provide culturally informed support services for each unique Indigenous population.

• Seek guidance from Elders to support fellow service providers to provide access to cultural supports for each unique Indigenous population.

What can Frontline Services do to support Strategies at the level of the Indigenous Tribe, Nation, Cultural Group, Province?

• Work in collaboration with Indigenous interest groups to implement Indigenous-centric HIV strategies and procedures. Initiate timely client feedback on said Indigenous strategies and procedures (face to face, written hardcopy questionnaires, and online forms).

• Ensure the policies and processes established by the provincial Indigenous HIV Policy and Program Co-Management body are put into practice in daily frontline service operations.

• Be open and responsive to addressing any identified gaps and shortfalls to providing caring, supportive and culturally appropriate frontline services in a timely and professional manner.

• Provide culturally safe supportive collaboration to Elders and Traditional persons working with Indigenous clients who have requested their assistance.