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Save Indigenous services needed to fight HIV and AIDS in Canada

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The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) and many Indigenous and non Indigenous HIV service organizations in Canada have had their federal funding drastically cut or completely discontinued all across the country.

The impact of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)'s decision to severely reduce funding for CAAN decimates the leading voice of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living with HIV or AIDS and organizations that are members of CAAN and will have far-reaching consequences on both Indigenous health and reconciliation.

Just two weeks after the Global Fund Replenishment Conference in Montreal, where the federal government pledged $804 million to international efforts on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the PHAC has sent out devastating letters telling HIV service providers that funding will be cut and the results have been catastrophic for the entire sector.

For over 20 years, federally-administered HIV programs have provided CAAN with critical funding to initiate national programs and partnerships. This funding has allowed CAAN to provide the vital Indigenous connection, perspective, and capacity required for equitable health solutions and wise investment strategies that are well beyond the reach of governments alone and require Indigenous, private sector and other supports as well.

Please sign this petition to help hold the process accountable in order to restore and create wellness opportunities for all Indigenous Peoples. We call for:

1)    Internal review of PHAC’s decision-making processes.

2)   Review of policies to ensure benefits and necessary infrastructure support funding is extended to community-based organizations.

3)    Let CAAN be the visionary leaders needed to maintain the momentum for change so that we can make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada.

For more information read this:  CBC News article.

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