World AIDS Day & Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week

December 1 is World AIDS Day, and the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week was founded 10 years later to collaborate on an Indigenous response to HIV and AIDS. Both are an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Nine Circles has created an electronic toolkit full of content for organizations and individuals to share on their social media platforms. Get the details here and download the content here

There are various events and activities happening around Manitoba to mark both World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. This list will continue to be updated, so check back often!

Events in Manitoba

Experiences of fighting STBBI stigma in African newcomer communities
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | Noon-1pm CST
Free webinar, Registration required
Hosts: Canadian Public Health Association and Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC MB)

During this interactive webinar, participants will gain insight into the multilayered stigma facing African newcomers in relation to STBBIs; increase their knowledge about working with African newcomers affected by multilayered stigma; and increase their awareness of strategies and tools to help reduce STBBI stigma for African newcomer communities. For more info or to register click here.

HIV Awareness Booth & Testing
Tuesday, November 27 | 10:30am-12pm
Flin Flon Food Bank – 2 Hiawatha Ave Flin Flon
Free, For Food Bank Attendees
Host: Play It Safer Network

The Play it Safer Network will have an information booth with resources, condoms, information, games, door prizes, testing and snacks for people accessing the Food Bank. For more information, call 204-687-8856.

Crimson & Cocktails: A World AIDS Day Mixer
Thursday, November 29 | 5:30pm-8pm
Bailey’s Restaurant & Lounge, 185 Lombard
$50 with $30 tax receipt | Tickets
Host: Nine Circles Community Health Centre

Nine Circles invites you to mark World AIDS Day with an evening of socializing! Sip crimson cocktails, sample delicious appetizers and mingle with industry professionals, health care supporters and generous benefactors. All proceeds support Nine Circles & the Manitoba HIV Program. For more info contact us.

Working Toward Strategies to Reach the Undiagnosed in Manitoba: A Think Tank
Friday, November 30 | 8:30am-4:30pm
Qualico Family Centre, 330 Assiniboine Park Drive
Registration required, attendance limited
Host: Manitoba HIV Collective Impact Network

This event will bring together people and innovative ideas to help us determine priorities and strategies that will propel us all to move forward together on reaching the undiagnosed in Manitoba.  For more info contact us

Bake Sale & Awareness Table
Monday, December 3 | 9am-2pm
Health Sciences Centre, William Ave Mall
Host: HSC Internal Medicine & HIV Clinic

Gechinaawan-Make Sure:Test for One – Test for All
Monday, December 3, 2018 | 11am-3pm
Neeginan Centre – Our Place, 181 Higgins Avenue
Free, Everyone welcome
View Poster
Hosts: Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Two-Spirited People of Manitoba, Ka Ni Kanichihk, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Three types of HIV testing will be profiled and available at this community event. Participants will learn about the Standard HIV Test, Rapid HIV Test, and the Dry Blood Spot Test. Various community organizations will host information tables. Bannock and Tea will be provided and raffle prize draws will be held throughout the event. For more info contact Albert McLeod or call 204-330-8671.

Brandon HIV Testing Blitz
Monday, December 3, 2018
Various times & locations: View poster
Host: Brandon Sexual Health Committee

Make December the month you get tested for HIV! STI/HIV testing & information, FREE safer sex supplies and prizes! For more information call 204-727-0417

Let’s Kick Away Stigma: World AIDS Day Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Noon-1pm
SERC, 226 Osborne St. North.
Free, Registration required
Host: Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC MB)

A workshop for service providers which will share information about how SERC works with and what they have learned from working with newcomer communities in Winnipeg. Please bring your brown bag lunch and we will provide coffee and tea. To register, contact Simret or Babou.