Aboriginal Ways of Knowledge, Teachings and Traditions in addressing HIV and AIDS in Saskatchewan [Training component]
Description of Program
What is the intervention/program/project?
Aboriginal Ways of Knowledge, Teachings and Traditions in addressing HIV and AIDS in Saskatchewan includes trainings, certifications and professional development opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal government, intuitions, agencies, professionals, front line workers and people living with HIV/HCV.ANHN is always invited into the communities and has a fee-for-service model. Communities pay all costs associated with the training. ANHN has a standard training, but tailors trainings to different audiences. A list of trained speakers is available.
Sharing the Knowledge is two day training on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV). The training is designed for front line workers who may be dealing with at-risk populations or who are living with HIV, AIDS or HCV. It provides a better understanding and basis for compassion to work with Aboriginal people living with HIV, AIDS or HCV.
ANHN conducts approximately 8-10 trainings per year. The trainings are promoted through the website (800-1000 hits per day from all over Canada), electronic newsletter (500 emails on mailing list)and targeted letters to groups/agencies/universities/programs that have front line workers.
What is the goal/objective of the program?
1. To increase the capacity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to develop the skills, processes and resources needed to prevent new infections and address the complex issues related to HIV and AIDS.
2. To reduce the rate of HIV infection among Aboriginal Peoples in Saskatchewan through increased understanding of HIV-related risks.
Why was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
The program was developed to create cultural competent trainings for people that may be providing services to Aboriginal populations. The trainings incorporate Aboriginal ways of knowing, personal perspectives, information on residential schools and traditional language.
How was the intervention/program/project developed?
ANHN reviewed trainings that were developed by other Aboriginal ASOs. Staff reviewed resources created and researched other programs in Canada and the U.S. Their research included how to prepare, present and evaluate programs. ANHN worked closely with a contractor (professor) who developed a training plan geared towards their request. ANHN incorporated what they had learned from other communities/organizations with their local context. The organization called on its own knowledge and community expertise to look for solutions in education about HIV, HCV and other BBIs.
ANHN began offering basic HIV/AIDS workshops in 1999. The workshops developed into “train the trainer” sessions. Since then, the organization has created 4 manuals and adapted the trainings.
OrganizationAll Nations Hope Network (ANHN)
- Harm reduction
- Resource development
- Harm reduction
- Government agencies/institutions
- Indigenous peoples
- People living with HIV/AIDS
- Service providers
Position: Program Director
Phone: 306-924-8424 ext. 227
First Nations, Métis & Inuit communities, Tribal Councils in Saskatchewan, partnering (non-Aboriginal) institutions, agencies, systems and organizations all over Saskatchewan
Project ResourcesTraining manual and kit available online. http://www.allnationshope.ca/Resources.html
Resources for Program
A resource bag that includes materials from CAAN and CATIE. Resources associated with social conditions related to HIV/HCV, such as poverty, homelessness, addiction. The resources provide a holistic vision about how they are working with people at risk for HIV/HCV and PHAs (e.g., impact of residential schools). Participants are provided with a hard copy and web resources, as well as agency information.
One staff & Inspirational speakers from across Saskatchewan and Canada.
Other team members contribute to designing and modifying the trainings.
The Knowledge Keeper is responsible for the People of the Eagles Committee (PHAs).
Travel costs, including vehicle, lodging and food.
- Number of people trained in workshop, number of reports, resources and evaluations generated, number of hits on website.
- Pre/post surveys from workshops; reports from partner agencies.
Audience/client feedback and satisfaction
- A formal evaluation is conducted by the funding body.
Evaluation TermsAudience/client feedback and satisfaction, Outcome evaluation, Output tracking, Process monitoring or evaluation
There is a need for more trainings with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups.
Stigma, ignorance and discrimination still exists for people who are deemed “not appropriate” to access certain services. There are still many Aboriginal people being banned from health and social services for presenting themselves in certain ways.
It is often better to conduct trainings in partnership with a person living with HIV/AIDS. It connects the mind to a heart and the reality of the situation.
Many people are directly impacted by HIV/AIDS. Having friends/family members living with HIV/AIDS deeply impacts health and social conditions for First Nations and Métis people.
A key challenge is the time and conditions for travelling to communities. Offering trainings in communities in the North can require two days of driving in addition to two days for the training. Road conditions can be poor, which requires more time. There is a need to avoid travelling at certain times of the year.
Technical equipment and training in communities would enhance the benefit of hosting webinars.