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Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation (KAF)

February 2024 is proving to be a busy time. We held our last KAF Gathering in Red Deer, Alberta during the month of January and were thrilled to have so many KAF family members join us. We are currently conducting sessions on vaccines, HIV self testing, and syphilis resource development.

Great news is coming from some of our proposed projects and once the ink is dry on agreements we will share the opportunities with you. Reaching our relations is the focus of our efforts at this time.

Plans are underway for a Community Health Representative (CHR) Gathering in Calgary at the end of February 2024. We plan to bring together individuals who have previously or are currently in the role of CHR with the intention of discussing how to address several health priorities at the community level. There will be time for reuniting, visiting, and sharing stories on the best way to proceed despite the many challenges we face today.

We were able to participate in the Beaver Lake Health Fair this week and have to say the Youth are our strength!! Based on the number of “safety” supplies distributed, protection is truly available where it is needed.

Take good care,
From the board, staff, and volunteers
Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation

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