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PAGC Health & Social PH: 953-7200 FAX: 764-6272


Saskatoon Tribal Council SHARPS PH: 953-0340 All Nations Hope AIDS Network TOLL FREE: 1-877-210-7622


Louis Riel, July 4, 1885

Metis Nation Saskatchewan

My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back...

WEBSITES HIV/AIDS: THE BASIC FACTS FOR MÉTIS COMMUNITIES P5/20663e.pdf Chee Mamuk *Click on Health topics, then Aboriginal Programs, Chee Mamuk

Krista Shore story episode/2011/07/04/hivaids-insaskatchewan-repeat/

CAAN PH: 604-266-7616 FAX: 604-266-7612 EMAIL:


Red Road HIV/AIDS Network Telephone: 778-340-3388 Fax: 778-340-3328 E-mail:


Suite #8 54 10th Street East Prince Albert, SK S6V 0Y5 Ph 306.763.5356 Fax 306.763.1482 Facebook - HIV Health Promotion & Twitter @dlerat 8


Provides info regarding women & pregnancy. The site contains how to access info & care as

ADDICTIONS Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc.

Prince Albert - 953-8250 334 19th Street East Nechi

COORDINATOR’S NOTE Uniting to Expel HIV/AIDS in Métis & First Nations communities




HIV/AIDS A Reflection

Aboriginal Services...


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Message from the President

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HIV Health Updates/ News

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HIV Health Team

P. 4 & 5

What Granny said / Q & A

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PA Support Services

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Aboriginal Services

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PA Métis Women cancelled the conference due to lack of registrations...the cancellation of the conference doesn’t stop the work we need to do in the area of HIV/AIDS but more than that the social determinants that affect both Métis and First Nations communities i.e. addictions, exploitation, domestic violence so the work continues :) Please call when you require education at your school, event or community on HIV/AIDS; or you require support for a person at risk, living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. HIV Health Promotion program has a Youth Ambassador and Peer Support; we provide evening and weekend support gatherings. We also provide information packages for youth, gender specific information; harm reduction information, talking to youth, and more. I’m always looking for new and creative ideas on spreading the word so let me know if you’d like to add in.

December 2012 Volume 2 Issue 5

We do ask for any donations to help with food , etc. for our evening and weekend groups as well as hygiene items such as soaps and shampoos, etc. We’ve had a pretty good first year and we’re going to have an even better second year...feelin’ the excitement already! So come on down and join the fun, get educated and pass it on. All SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT IN BY THE 15TH OF EACH MONTH

Donna Lerat

Funded by Public Health Agency of Canada 1


Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc. Winter has come upon us pretty fast. The HIV Health Program is busy with educations and the support groups that are held in the evenings and weekends. I would like to encourage the Métis community to get involved where you can. Donna, our HIV Health Promotion Coordinator, the Youth Ambassador and Peer Support have provided many members with opportunities to be educated in the area of HIV/AIDS. The issues of poverty, homelessness and other social determinants are constant and never ending...we must continue to support our community members where we can. Darlene McKay President - PA Métis Women’s Association Inc.

The PA Métis Women Association is a non-profit organization and administers numerous programs and has been in service of Métis women for many years and provides many services: 

Just Workers Program - Youth Restitution

Aboriginal Parenting Program

Youth Services Crime Reduction & Youth Initiatives Program

School Mediation Program

SNAP Program - Stop Now And Plan

HEAL Program - Healthy Eating Active Living

“She endeavors to con-

Employment Support Program

Keepers of the Fire Spirit Program Cultural Activity

She finds peace of mind

Respite Registry Program – Support for people with disabilities and their families

HIV/AIDS Health Promotion Program

All programs provided by the PA Métis Women are built on a strong foundation of leadership, Métis community engagement and participation in the Prince Albert community with pride, ownership and responsibility.


PA Métis Women Vision

Prince Albert Support Services FOOD


PA Share-a-Meal - 763-5040 64 11th Street East For a hamper call between 9AM & noon Meals are served between 3PM & 4:30PM Mon to Fri & some holidays…

Bernice Sayese Center 1350 13th Street West

Salvation Outpost - 763-6078 900 Central Ave Breakfast is served between 9:30 to 10:30 Mon, Wed & Fri Lunch is served 11 to 2 on Sat Youth Activity Center - 764.4266 1211 1st Ave West Mon to Fri @3PM snacks & a hot meal on Fri@5PM for youth aged 11 to 18 yrs. old PA Outreach Van - 961-5897 101 15th Street East Snacks, cold & hot drinks provided Sun 4 to 6 & Thurs 5 to 6 601North Outreach Center - 987-0997 101 15th Street East

Indian & Métis Friendship Center 764-3431 1409 1st Ave East Prince Albert Grand Council - 765-5300 334 19th Street East Mobile Crisis - 764-1011 Unit C, 4050 2nd Ave West

SHELTER Our House 94 15th Street East 922.6162 YWCA 1895 Central Ave 763.8571 Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women 764.7233

quer all her dreams. in her family. She respects her culture. She takes the time to help when it’s needed. She is strong.

We have some important events and programs going on each month, be sure to write these in your calendar and come out for the fun.   

Youth Night - 5:30 pm - monthly Peer Support Gathering - Risk Reduction Group - 5:30 - monthly Steppn UP Support Group - Sundays - biweekly

Future Events…Spring Fling, Winter Wonderland Party, retreats...

She is a Métis Woman.”


HIV Health Promotion Team wishes everyone a wonderful, safe Christmas holiday... Peer Support The Peer Support Worker is here to assist and support Métis and First Nation living with or affected with HIV/ AIDS. The HIV Health Promotion’s mandate is ACCESS, INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION. We assist people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS through the social determinants; the social determinants consist of but not limited to: Poverty, Homelessness, Lateral violence, Family violence, Sexual abuse, Physical abuse, Emotional abuse, Spiritual abuse, Residential school, Intergenerational effects of residential school, 60’s scoop, Racism, Discrimination. To date, Saskatchewan's youngest person to be tested positive is 11 years old. HIV Health Promotion Peer Support Worker Provides:  One-on-one peer support  Circles  Support for testing and follow ups, etc.  Updating information on HIV & AIDS, treatments, etc.  Referrals to agencies when requested

“It’s important to break down community barriers and misunderstandings … overcoming fear and ignorance with humor and understanding.” Ken Ward

Youth Support Ambassador

Prenatal Finding out your pregnant is in itself a life changing event. Finding out that you’re pregnant and have HIV can be distressing. Having HIV during pregnancy causes many concerns, and fears - you may ask yourself many questions. So where do you go from here? What do you need to know? First Know that babies can be born without HIV even when Mom is HIV positive - with the proper prenatal care and drug therapy. Second HIV Health Promotion has support groups available such as the Peer Support and Youth Ambassador; evening gatherings such as Youth Night, Risk Reduction and Steppn UP support groups. Third Educate yourself and ask as many questions as possible of the professionals you’re in contact with. If you have questions about HIV/AIDS and pregnancy please call 763-5356. Check out: Facebook—HIV Health Promotion


The Youth Support Ambassador is here to assist and support Métis and First Nation youth living with or affected with HIV/AIDS. The HIV Health Promotion’s mandate is ACCESS, INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION. We assist youth living with, at risk for, or affected by HIV/AIDS through the social determinants; the social determinants consist of, but not limited to: Poverty, Homelessness (includes couch surfn– if you gotta sleep at your cousins or friends couch when you have no where else to go), Lateral violence, Family violence, Domestic violence, Sexual abuse, Physical abuse, Emotional abuse, Spiritual abuse, Intergenerational effects of residential school, Racism, Stigma and Discrimination. If you are uncomfortable talking to people about these issues , we are always here and willing to listen and help in any way we can; we are confidential and we can provide referrals. Youth Nite is once a month at 5:30 PM— suppers included. Call to book a plate and bring a friend REMEMBER we are always here to assist you....

Twitter - @dlerat

Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me. Ryan White 4


Awww Granny...

My granny used to say "live everyday as if it was your last because one day you`ll be right"

HIV Health Promotion Program Updates & Information index?qid=20070209024437AAi1qPi

Questions that have been asked at educations

Q: Can you get HIV/AIDS from a toilet seat or sharing a bathroom? A: No, you’d need at least 4 jugs of urine, feces, spit or tears to become infected and you must remember that HIV dies as soon is it hits the air. You’re likely to be more at risk for other infections—the kind that live on toilet seats. Hep A Washing your hands after you use the washroom is important period!

Some Canadians continue to believe (incorrectly) that HIV can be transmitted through kissing (32 per cent), from mosquito bites (29 per cent), from a sneeze or cough (11 per cent), contact with objects such as drinking fountains or toilets (10 per cent) or from casual contact (5 per cent). Clearly, certain myths about how HIV is transmitted have yet to be completely dispelled and, in fact, a comparison of results over the three years suggests some minor erosion of knowledge among the Canadian public.

The misconception that HIV/AIDS is transmitted through mosquito bites is more prevalent among Canadians with less education (37 per cent among those with high school or less, compared with 28 per cent of those with college education, and 21 per cent of those with university education or more).

Senior citizens are more likely to incorrectly believe that HIV can be transmitted through a sneeze or a cough (20 per cent, compared to 11 per cent overall).

When prompted, kissing, sneezing or coughing, mosquito bites, contact with physical objects such as drinking fountains and toilet seats are more likely to be identified as a way that HIV can be passed on to another person by those who are less comfortable with people living with HIV/AIDS, by those who are more likely to believe that HIV/AIDS is a disease that affects only certain groups of the population, by those who hold more stigmatizing views towards people with HIV/AIDS, and by those who are less supportive of the rights of people living with the disease.

Casual contact is also more likely to be cited as a way to transmit HIV by those who have less knowledge of the disease, and by those who hold more stigmatizing views toward those living with HIV/AIDS.

Canadians are about as likely in 2006 to identify a blood test to diagnose HIV/AIDS as they were in 2003 (96 per cent in 2006 compared to 98 per cent in 2003). Canadians are less likely to believe that HIV/AIDS can be diagnosed through a physical examination (17 per cent down from 27 per cent in 2003), or self-diagnosis (six per cent down from 10 per cent in 2003). Three per cent also now believe an x-ray can be used to diagnose HIV/AIDS.


Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life. -- Sophia Loren


ACCESS, INTERVENTION & PREVENTION for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS The HIV Health Promotion in partnership with PA Parkland Health offers testing at our office once a month. Everything is free and confidential. Nov 20, 2012 Dec 4 & 18, 2012 10 AM to 11 AM Come on in - no appointment needed Please call for more information Donna 763-5356 or 314-0530

Community Evening Gatherings  Youth Night  Risk Reduction Support group  Steppn UP support group 

NA meeting every Monday @noon

JUST SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE: THE ANTI PROSTITUTION LOYALTY OATH This video presents a history of a policy regulating provision of foreign aid. The policy requires that recipients of USAID funds sign an oath that they will not support sex workers' rights. This policy is a telling example of how the U.S. exports repressive ideologies through conditions set for foreign aid recipients. Compiled for all those interested in sex workers issues and human rights, this video timeline and accompanying resources provide a comprehensive course in the history of, and resistance to "The Pledge." Did you know that the first major film to broach the topic of HIV/AIDS was released almost exactly 26 years ago? An Early Frost aired for the first time on NBC on November 11, 1985. The made-for-TV movie featured Aidan Quinn as Michael Pierson, a middle-aged lawyer based in Chicago who goes to see his parents to let them know that he is gay and has AIDS. The reaction of his family is indeed mixed as his sister refuses to see him again and his father reacts angrily while his mother attempts to convince the family to accept Michael for who he is. The plot of An Early Frost is similar to that of Philadelphia, which netted Tom Hanks, who played Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer infected with HIV, the Oscar for Best Actor at the 1993 Academy Awards. For more interesting facts, visit Project Remember. Over the last two weeks, 500 Canadians have sent their Bill C-398 letters to the House of Commons, calling on MPs to fix Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). Members of all parties have shown support and presented petitions in Parliament on our behalf, but we need to get more support, especially since the government continues to oppose it and many MPs are receiving blatantly false information about the bill's proposed reforms to CAMR. As we get closer to MPs voting to keep or kill the bill on November 28, we are asking you to help us target our advocacy. Unless we get enough votes by the next vote on November 28, Bill C-398's changes to make CAMR workable will die. 1. Visit <http://> to send an email to all key MPs who need to hear from you, along with other prominent parliamentarians. 2. Please share! Facebook < groups/59539586156/> Twitter < aidslaw> Help us fight to ensure millions of people in the developing world get access to the essential medicines they need to survive. Reform campaign < please contact us at 3

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