Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week Video

Each year, World AIDS Day is a time to remember the history of our movement, recognize the many people who have helped to support those of us living with HIV, share information about prevention and testing, and support people living with HIV. This day also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.

In Canada, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network coordinates activities including public service announcements. Our Yúusnewas Rural Outreach Educator, Olivia Reynolds, was featured in this video seeking culturally responsive HIV prevention, care, and treatment for Aboriginal peoples.

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!