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Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation (KAF)

We are entering a new stage in HIV prevention, care, and support within Alberta and across Canada. We attended the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal, Quebec held in July 2022. The federal minister of health announced there would be increased access to HIV self-testing technology for Canadians.

This update is to advise that HIV self-test kits will be distributed the week of November 21, 2022, to numerous community-based organizations in Canada. To respond appropriately to the availability of this technology to Indigenous Peoples we have organized a training and dialogue gathering on November 30, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta. This will be followed by the World AIDS Day Forum on December 1, 2022.

To ensure we have good follow-up and connections to HIV care we are seeking advice on the best way forward. If you are able to assist in this significant work, contact us and join us as we “Take it Personally”.

Initiatives

HIV & AIDS 101

Mental Health and Addictions

Coming Soon!

Our Voices

World AIDS Day Forum 2022

  • Location River Cree Resort, Enoch Cree Nation
  • Date December 1, 2022
  • Time 9 am to 8 pm
Following the HIV self-test kit training on November 30, Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation will provide an opportunity to hear from Indigenous Health advocates who work in the areas of Addictions (Drug Poisoning/Crystal Meth), Mental Health, Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections (STBBI), and COVID-19. Guest presentations will set the stage for discussing an Indigenous Strategic Health Initiative. Participants will have the opportunity to observe World AIDS Day 2022 in ceremony, prayer, and memorial activities. A variety of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers will be available on site to support our activities. We look forward to seeing you there! If you need assistance to participate in this event, send an email to info@treeofcreation.ca outlining your needs.

Indigenous HIV Self-test Initiative Training

  • Location River Cree Resort, Enoch Cree Nation
  • Date November 30, 2022
By the end of this three hour training session, participants will: 1) Increase knowledge of HIV self-test kit initiatives for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples 2) Discuss the benefits and challenges of the HIV "Know Your Status" campaign 3) Provide thoughtful advice on the best way forward for connecting people to Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infection (STBBI) diagnosis and treatment 4) Support individuals in accessing and taking the HIV self-test kits If you need assistance to participate in this event, send an email to info@treeofcreation.ca outlining your needs.

Indigenous Health Strategic Planning 2022

  • Location Edmonton, Alberta
  • Date June 2022 (TBD)
Indigenous Health Strategic Planning (2022 - 2027) Indigenous stakeholders are invited to participate in an initial planning discussion for the Indigenous Health Strategic Plan (2022-2027) for Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation STBBI and related health issues. This is an introduction to elements we will consider in our Indigenous designed approach to complex health issues. We anticipate strategic themes will be discussed. There will be a review of our guiding principles, mission, and vision. This is an open session to ensure we are inclusive in considering the health of Indigenous Peoples. If you are interested in attending, please send contact information to: info@treeofcreation.ca and include what you can contribute to the session.

UPCOMING EVENTS