Alexandra Munsten & Patrick O'Byrne, University of Ottawa; Ottawa Public Health.
GetaKit: HIV self-testing as part of multiple interventions to achieve collective impact.
Dr. Sheila Blackstock
Decolonizing Health: Unearthing and Empowering our Well-being(s) through Identity.
The continued impacts of colonization will be articulated by exploring the interconnectedness of the structural determinants to the social determinants of health. The current context of HIV STBBI is situated within the convergence of systemic drivers of structural racism, colonization, and intergenerational trauma. Unearthing our First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Aboriginal knowledge systems, empowerment, and upholding our identity are key health determinants to disrupting contemporary structural racism.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Human and Health Science, School of Nursing
Academic Co-Lead, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health
University of Northern British Columbia
Ka Ni Kanichihk Indigenous Led Response to Cultural Safety and STBBIs: Go Ask Auntie
Safety and STBBIs: Go Ask Auntie
Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Mino Pimatisiwin Sexual Wellness Lodge is an Indigenous-led STBBI testing and harm reduction focused clinic filled with big auntie energy. The Lodge was designed by community working to address the need for culturally safer spaces for Indigenous people in STBBI health care. We offer STBBI testing, care and a variety of Indigenous healing activities. It is low barrier, sex and drug positive, culturally safe and grounded in Indigenous teachings. Our kookums, aunties, language speaker
Laverne Gervais (Anishnabe/French Canadian) is from Treaty One territory. She has been working in HIV/AIDS for 9 years predominately with Indigenous women living with the virus. She has an MA from UNBC and is a Sexuality and Reproductive Health Educator.