The Saskatchewan Indigenous Youth Advisory Council - SIYAC - is to provide culturally relevant, evidence based prevention programs to prevent HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C infection for Indigenous Youth in Saskatchewan. SIYAC is committed to striving to be balanced role models to keeping the Indigenous youth inspired by strategies to live healthy lifestyles through culturally relevant healing and to promote spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV).
WHY DOES SIYAC EXIST? OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Educate, Prevent, Understand, Inspire, Awaken
Seek to improve health and wellness outcomes for Indigenous people living in First Nation Communities, settlement lands and/or traditional territories, as well as off-reserve and in urban settings.
SIYAC aims to be real and come from a real place with the youth they work with. SIYAC will speak from the heart and teach our heart, walk the life we hope for others to live, be one with our youth and share our wisdom (our life as a youth, at risk youth).
SIYAC wants to impact and inspire by sharing the wisdom of our spirit, the journey's we have endured and the awakening of our spirit. We believe we are part of the solution to break the negative cycles our people have experienced for far too long!
WHAT DOES SIYAC INTEND TO DO? OUR GOAL
To create an Indigenous youth workshop on HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV), provide information on youth
resources, prepare culturally relevant factsheets, presentations, video, and social media. SIYAC will bring to life a new way of doing HIV prevention geared towards the Indigenous Youth population. SIYAC wll bring life to future generations and prepare a pathway for addressing HIV and AIDS from an Indigenous youth perspective - seeking solutions and addressing the issue from a youth perspective.
HOW DOES SIYAC ORGANIZE? OUR TERMS OF REFERENCE
A Terms of Reference is a document that outlines how SIYAC, as a group, agree to work together. This document reflects our thinking the first time we came together in June 2015, but it is a living document that we will revise as we learn more about who we are as a group. We are a young and new council learning and growing together and we hope you will join us in this work!
Please see SIYAC's Terms of Reference here to learn more about SIYAC!
WHO AND WHAT GUIDES SIYAC? PLEASE MEET SICHA and SISHA
The Saskatchewan Indigenous Council on HIV and AIDS - SICHA - envisioned Indigenous peoples exercising their inherent right to determine their wholistic health when they created the Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV and AIDS - SISHA.
The strategy can be viewed here: http://allnationshope.ca/pages/sk-indigenous-strategy-on-hiv-and-aids .
YOUTH ARE A PART OF THE INDIGENOUS HIV RESPONSE
CULTURALLY RELEVANT AND RESPONSIVE
SIYAC will provide access to culturally appropriate HIV, AIDS, & HCV prevention, awareness, education and training to Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan. The cultural component is a key element of responding to HIV and AIDS in Indigenous communities.
Indigenous culture and teachings ground our approach and will be incorporated into every aspect of our work, as much as possible. Traditional languages, ceremonies of healing, ceremonies of celebration, teachings, dances, songs, drumming, arts, and science are all drawn on and inform how SIYAC works together and how we share what we are learning.
The engagement and involvement of First Nations and Métis Elders help us build a traditional knowledge base that can be used to address HIV and bridge cultural gaps.
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Without the generous support of our funders, ViiV Healthcare, building our network and movement as Indigenous youth leading in HIV would not be possible.