"It is the belief of the members of the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network that all people are affected by HIV/AIDS"
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Publications

  1. On this page:
  2. Communicating about HIV/AIDS within BC's Aboriginal Community
  3. HIV/AIDS Education Manual
  4. Evaluation Report
  5. Funding Manual for Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Programs/Projects
  6. Implementation Guide
  7. Pathways to Wholeness
  8. Red Road Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Resource Directory

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Communicating about HIV/AIDS within BC's Aboriginal Community

Description

This booklet aims to provide community-based educators, care givers and leaders in Aboriginal communities across the province with practical information on how to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS. It provides some tools and advice that will assist in your prevention efforts. This guide complements other resources available on the subject of Aboriginal HIV/AIDS in BC including the BC Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Task Force.

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HIV/AIDS Education Manual

Introduction

Education Standardization is a process that is intended to support and enhance the delivery of HIV/AIDS education. It is our goal to increase, enhance and improve the way HIV/AIDS education is delivered in all Aboriginal communities throughout BC.

Various HIV/AIDS service organizations, seniors and APHAs were consulted during the development of the manual. They made recommendations on what they wanted to be included in the manual. Throughout the document the reader will see extractions from literature produced by other service organizations, government reports, etc. What sets this manual apart is the Aboriginal context that makes it culturally appropriate for Aboriginal communities.

Purpose

The HIV/AIDS Education Manual is designed to offer standardized information on HIV/AIDS that can be used by facilitators and educators in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Who Should Use This Manual?

This manual has been developed for use by Aboriginal educators, speakers, Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS, community health representatives and individuals presenting HIV/AIDS information. The goal is to ensure they possess the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a high standard and quality of HIV/AIDS education to Aboriginal communities in BC.

How Is This Manual Set Up?

This manual has been developed for a broad range of audiences and is presented in an “easy to use” format. It provides step-by-step guidance to the facilitator in the presentation of the material, recommends methods (tools) for presentation and offers suggestions on ways to maintain cultural sensitivity.

It is assumed that most facilitators will not have a formally trained medical background; therefore, the manual presents current information on HIV/AIDS in "layperson" terms. This manual is intended to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities and to encourage prevention of the spread of the disease.

This manual is designed to be used for presentation to Aboriginal communities. In Reserve communities, contact should be made with the leaders, tradition elders and health care workers to acquire permission before entering the community and to get their support and help in setting up the presentation.

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Evaluation Report

Evaluation Objective

In the fall of 1999, the Network put out a Request for Proposals for an evaluation of the Strategy. The objective is to evaluate general knowledge and the initial impact of the Strategy in the Aboriginal communities in BC. There are four components of the evaluation objective outlined in this report. These are:

  1. Overall knowledge and understanding of the Strategy
  2. Impact of the Strategy
  3. Roles of all community partners related to the Strategy
  4. Challenges or barriers to implementation of the Strategy

Evaluation results and findings have been organized based on these four components.

Methodology

It has been just over one year since the official launch of the Strategy. This is relatively early in the implementation phase, so this evaluation may be considered to be the first part of a longer process that will evaluate the actual implementation of the Strategy over the longer term. The budget for this evaluation did not allow for extensive travel. It was therefore determined that information and data would be collected through the use of a survey that was distributed to Aboriginal communities and organizations throughout the province. As a first step, the consultant reviewed the Strategy, the verbatim proceedings from the eight community consultation sessions, similar evaluations from other regions and other relevant documentation. This supported the development of the evaluation tools that include a work plan, survey and survey participant list. The survey participant list was developed to ensure representation of:

  • individuals who participated in the consultation sessions
  • individuals who did not participate in the consultation sessions
  • geographic representation from through out the province (particularly from the eight regions where the consultation sessions were held)
  • rural communities, particularly northern and remote communities
  • urban communities
  • off and on reserve health programs and services
  • Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS

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Funding Manual for Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Programs/Projects

Description

This booklet aims to provide community-based educators, care givers and leaders in Aboriginal communities across the province with practical information on how to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS. It provides some tools and advice that will assist in your prevention efforts. This guide complements other resources available on the subject of Aboriginal HIV/AIDS in BC including the BC Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Task Force.

Part of this document is not included with the download, the information that is missing is the Media contact lists, to get a copy of these lists please contact us. Below is the information to collect a copy of the Media List.

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Implementation Guide

Background

The Red Road: Pathways to Wholeness, An Aboriginal Strategy for HIV and AIDS in BC, which was officially launched on February 1, 1999, is a pathway to increase the quality of life of all Aboriginal people. This is accomplished by respecting and integrating the traditional and cultural values and beliefs of individuals, families and communities. The Strategy supports the use of those traditions in the treatment of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

Purpose

To provide relevant information and concrete examples of what individuals and communities can do to make progress towards the strategic goals that have been outlined in the Strategy.

Who Should Use This Guide?

This Guide has been developed for use by any one that has an interest in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

This may include health care professionals, educators, community service providers, band administrators, Aboriginal leadership, community members and families.

How Is This Guide Set Up?

The Strategy highlights 10 strategic goals. This guide has been set up to provide concrete examples and ideas intended to support individuals and communities as they begin to implement these strategic goals. The strategic goals are listed in this document for your review.

The examples and ideas provided are intended to foster discussion and activity related to the strategic goals. It is hoped that these examples, or templates, can and will be altered to fit the unique needs of each community. Or even provide the impetus for an entirely new and different process or activity.

We anticipate that this guide will inspire community members to ask themselves, "How can we achieve all, or some, of the strategic goals?"

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Pathways to Wholeness

Background

The BC Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Task Force was established in 1996 to bring together on and off reserve organizations and projects dealing with HIV/AIDS. The Task Force has worked to increase the network of those living with HIV/AIDS, the professionals working in the field and those who have an interest in addressing HIV/AIDS in their community. One of the primary achievements of the Task Force has been the development and implementation of the Red Road: Pathways to Wholeness, An Aboriginal Strategy for HIV and AIDS in BC (hereafter referred to as the Strategy).

Prior to completion of the Strategy, consultation sessions were held in eight different communities through out the province. The primary goals of these sessions were:

  • to collect ideas, opinions and concerns from participants to support the final draft of the Strategy, and
  • to provide an overview of the draft strategy, raise awareness and promote implementation through out the province.

The Strategy, which was officially launched on February 1, 1999, is a pathway to increase the quality of life of all Aboriginal people. This is accomplished by respecting and integrating the traditional and cultural values and beliefs of individuals, families and communities. The Strategy supports the use of those traditions in the treatment of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

The Strategy contains 50 recommendations to address Aboriginal HIV/AIDS in BC, which fall under the following categories:

  • building healthy communities
  • raising awareness of HIV/AIDS
  • preventing HIV transmission
  • diagnosing HIV infection and starting treatment early
  • maintaining the health of Aboriginal people living with HIV
  • caring for Aboriginal people living with AIDS
  • providing leadership
  • securing funding for Aboriginal HIV/AIDS services
  • training the necessary personnel
  • research to support effective and relevant program planning

An integral component of the implementation of the Strategy is the creation of the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network (hereafter referred to as the Network) which incorporated on May 7, 1999. The purpose of the Network is to:

  • reduce or prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • improve the health and wellness of Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS
  • increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and establish a network which supports the development and delivery of culturally appropriate, innovative, coordinated, accessible, inclusive and accountable HIV/AIDS programs and services

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Red Road Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Resource Directory

Description

The Red Road HIV/AIDS Network Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Resource Directory is published by the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network Society and updated semi-annually.

The Red Road HIV/AIDS Network (RRHAN) is a coalition of Aboriginal Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (APHA), Aboriginal AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) and Aboriginal Community Based Organizations who have HIV/AIDS programs. RRHAN works in partnership with the Network, and Provincial/Federal government agencies to achieve the goals of the Red Road: Pathways to Wholeness, an Aboriginal Strategy for HIV and AIDS in BC.

We encourage photocopying of this resource directory to be shared with anyone who wishes a copy.

Funding for this directory is provided in part by Medical Services Branch, Health Canada and the Aboriginal Health Division, Ministry of Health and the Ministry Responsible for Seniors.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list or have your organization listed in this resource directory, please contact our office at the address below.

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