Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal women in particular have a disproportionately high rate of HIV. The history of colonialism and trauma, reduced access to health care, and a lack of culturally safe HIV education all contribute to increased rates of HIV. This initiative addresses the problem of providing sustainable information and education on HIV and sexual health in this challenging environment.

Chee Mamuk is a provincial Aboriginal program within the BC Centre for Disease Control that provides innovative and culturally appropriate sexually transmitted infection (STI), hepatitis, and HIV training, and educational resources. In 2005, Chee Mamuk developed a program called Around the Kitchen Table. The goal of this program is to empower Aboriginal women to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS by reinstating their traditional roles and joining a community network of support and education. The program provides training for a team of women from an Aboriginal community who then carry out training sessions in their own communities, providing informal learning activities on the topic of HIV/AIDS while also renewing interest in traditional Aboriginal cultural activities. The intent is to blend cultural activities and education about HIV/AIDS prevention in an informal setting and to create a “ripple effect” in the community such that ideas and concepts are passed on beyond those immediately involved in the training.

Measures have demonstrated that Around the Kitchen Table’s train-the-trainer model combined with on-site follow-up visits and mentoring has resulted in increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities across BC.

More information on Chee Mamuk and the Around the Kitchen Table program can be found at: • http://www.bccdc.ca/our-services/programs/chee-mamuk-aboriginal-healthhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcTIFo_EO1A (Around the Kitchen Table video) • http://www.catie.ca/en/pc/program/around-kitchen-table

Contact Person:

Title:Educator

Contact information: Jessica.chenery@bccdc.ca

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