SISHA is three years old!
Celebrating building relationships across Saskatchewan's Indigenous territories, SISHA is becoming known in all areas of Saskatchewan and more people are engaged in addressing Indigenous HIV.
SISHA is a vision. It holds the wisdom of Elders. It holds the wisdom of communities. It holds the wisdom of Indigenous people who have worked the front-line of the HIV response since the beginning - in some cases for more than 30 years. It holds the wisdom of people living with HIV - the ones we must listen to if ever this virus is to be stopped.
SISHA is also called a strategy to reflect the common language of health services, and to bridge between Indigenous and colonized ways. SISHA can open up conversations, provide a way for service providers to connect with the work and begin to identify ways to shift or adapt to align with SISHA, and to create opportunities for mutual learning, restoring kinship, truth-telling, and reconciliation.
~ Everyone can be part of implementing and delivering SISHA ~
Released in April 2016, a revised version of SISHA is available here.
In 2013, discussions of developing a specific Indigenous Strategy on HIV and AIDS led by All Nations Hope Network were held. Several groups including the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Prince Albert Grand Council, PA Mètis Women’s Association, and other interested stakeholders met at the All Nations Hope Network offices to discuss the strategy. It was agreed that Indigenous people within Saskatchewan are experiencing higher rates of HIV and AIDS than the rest of the country and that current strategies are not enough to combat this alarming epidemic. It was decided that specific targeted prevention, education, and culturally appropriate programs and services, are needed, and to that end the Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy for HIV and AIDS (SISHA) was conceived.
In December 2013, following traditional and cultural protocols, a Pipe Ceremony was held and prayers were said by Elders, asking Creator, Grandfathers and Grandmothers, to bless the development and implementation of SISHA. Following the Pipe Ceremony that evening, a Round Dance and Giveaway was held in Regina, Saskatchewan. This was the first time that a Round Dance was held for those who had made their journey to the Spirit World by AIDS. The elders spoke of the significance of the Round dance to the participants.
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Culturally Responsive Framework
(please contact Terrina Bellegarde at FSIN for more information about this document)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples