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National Aboriginal Youth Strategy on HIV and AIDS in Canada


Introduction

The HIV and AIDS epidemic among Aboriginal peoples in Canada especially compromises the health and well-being of Aboriginal youth. The epidemic indicates a strong need for a plan grounded in meaningful and culturally relevant strategies to lower the levels of HIV and AIDS infection among Aboriginal youth. The National Aboriginal Youth Strategy on HIV and AIDS in Canada for First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth from 2010 to 2015 (NAYSHAC) documents strategic areas developed by Aboriginal youth in order to encourage leadership in teh area of HIV and AIDS. Aboriginal youth are taking power in knowledge, collaboration and partnerships to lower the rates of HIV and AIDS infections in Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal communities are resilient and strong. This strategy calls for the promotion of knowledge, peer education and the proper care, treatment and support for Aboriginal People Living with HIV and AIDS, especially young mothers and their babies, that will allow Aboriginal communities to welcome and support our brothers and sisters living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

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