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HIV/AIDS Education

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health offers a Healthy Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Prevention Program following a holistic approach to improved health and general well-being through a series of culturally relevant activities.

The programs are designed to reduce stigma and allow HIV positive clients and their supporters to fully participate at Wabano and the public at large. All programs are carefully crafted to engage the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of individuals infected with and affected by HIV. Wabano uses the wisdom and experience of our Aboriginal Elders to lead activities to bring necessary feelings of comfort and security to our client base.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Edgar

Healthy Living Coordinator

(613) 748-0657 ext. 319

sedgar@wabano.com

OR,

Kat Trines

Healthy Living Coordinator

(613) 748-0657 ext. 211

ktrines@wabano.com


Creative components of the program includes:

  • Talking sticks
  • Culture Night
  • Gardening
  • Fitness programs
  • Sweetgrass picking
  • Medicine walks
  • Gallery/Outdoor day trips

Practical components of the program includes:

  • Condom distribution
  • Distribution of Safer Sex Manuals
  • Distribution of Safer Injection Drug Use materials
  • Referrals to Wabano programs and relevant community programs
  • Referrals to doctors at Wabano Clinic for general health
  • Dietary information

Where can I find more info?

To get more information on HIV/AIDS please contact any of the following HIV organizations:

  • The Ottawa Sexual Health Info Line (613) 563-2437 or 1-800-267-7432, Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The Sexual Health Centre is a service of Ottawa Public Health.
  • The Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy – www.oahas.org
  • The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network – www.caan.ca
  • CATIE – www.catie.ca
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network – www.aidslaw.ca
  • PositiveLite: Canada’s Online HIV Magazine – http://positivelite.com

Have questions? Email us: programsteam@wabano.com