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Healthy Sexuality Education

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

The programs are designed to educate our community with evidence-based healthy sexuality education that is fun, engaging, and specific for the Indigenous community. Topics covered include Two Spirit teachings, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections information, healthy relationships, contraception, information regarding safe injection drug use, legal and reproductive rights, consent and boundaries, age-specific activities, etc.

We also provide a safe and positive space for the LGBTQ-Two Spirit community, attend outings in the community like Pride Parade, and offer specialized workshops in the community. All activities are carefully crafted to engage the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of individuals. Wabano uses the wisdom and experience of our Indigenous 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


Cultural components of the program includes:

  • Talking sticks
  • Culture Night
  • Gardening
  • Fitness programs
  • Medicine walks & teachings
  • Gallery/Outdoor day trips
  • Sweat Lodge teachings & visits

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 primary care 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