Saskatchewan Indigenous Council on HIV and AIDS
Early January 2014, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Council on HIV and AIDS was formed. In 2013 All Nations Hope Network received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to conduct the development and the implementation of a Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV and AIDS (SISHA).
Stakeholders within Saskatchewan who work within the field of HIV and AIDS, including Aboriginal people living with HIV and leaders in the HIV movement were invited to sit as Saskatchewan Indigenous Council of HIV and AIDS (SICHA) members to oversee, direct, and control the development and ultimately the implementation of the SISHA. There were several meetings held to discuss the Council’s roles and responsibilities during the months of January and up to March, 2014 with SICHA members being presented with draft Terms of References that they discussed, revised, and adopted in June 2014.
A face to face meeting was held in Prince Albert at the end of March, 2014. At the face to face meeting, the Council members worked on the Vision and Mission Statements of the SICHA, discussed the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, and also did an exercise of Where We’ve Been in Terms of HIV in Saskatchewan, Where we are Now, and Where we want to be. They also prepared the framework, which set out the seven strategic priorities for SISHA.
Several drafts were presented over the summer; further feedback was obtained in August from community members and incorporated into the document.
SISHA will be released on December 1st, 2014 at the national launch of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Regina, Saskatchewan. This day also coincides with World AIDS day.
The Saskatchewan Indigenous Council on HIV and AIDS (SICHA) envisions Indigenous people(s) exercising their inherent right to determine their wholistic health.
The SICHA mission is to develop, promote, and implement action for prevention, care, treatment, and support to lower the impact of HIV and AIDS, and other related issues such as Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, mental health, co-morbidities, and HIV and aging experienced by Indigenous People. We value adaptability, functionality, and sustainability as a way of life and being.