Indigenous Communities


Imprisonment. Lack of culturally appropriate access to health services and resulting poor health. Poverty.

Each of these factors increases a person’s risk of contracting HIV — and in Canada, Indigenous people suffer disproportionately from all of them

We’ve collaborated with Indigenous organizations across the country since 2001 to respond to HIV on two fronts:

  • in marginalized populations in which Indigenous people are overrepresented, such as prisoners and drug users, and
  • in Indigenous communities, where discrimination, inadequate funding and inconsistent quality of HIV programs and services all remain problematic.

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Know Your Rights – Indigenous communities: HIV, privacy, and confidentiality

Know Your Rights: Indigenous Communities and HIV/HCV in federal prisons



Effectively addressing HIV, HCV, and STBBIs among Indigenous people requires the adoption of a human rights approach, focusing on evidence-based and culturally sensitive interventions that embrace Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. In addition to the legal and policy recommendations described below, it is imperative moving forward that access to emerging health care technologies and … Read more

A gender-centred dialogue on Alternative Justice Responses to HIV non-disclosure criminalization

On June 20th, 2022, the HIV Legal Network, in collaboration with Communities, Alliances & Networks and the Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative, hosted a roundtable about alternative justice responses to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada.

Rights Within Reach: Strategic Plan 2022-2027

The HIV Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with HIV or AIDS and other populations disproportionately affected by HIV and criminalization, in Canada and internationally. In 2021, we undertook a planning process that would shape the strategic goals and priorities for the organization’s next five years (2022-2027). To do this, we sought … Read more

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HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections in Canada: Top Election 2021 Issues

Joint press release: HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections in Canada: Top Election 2021 Issues Health and human rights groups identify priorities for federal policymakers as people in Canada head to the polls Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – More than 60,000 people are currently living with HIV in Canada, approximately 13% of … Read more

No “End to AIDS” Without Human Rights: Canada’s Top 5 Issues for World Aids Day 2014

Lawsuit Filed Against Government of Canada for Failing to Protect the Health of Federal Prisoners

HIV and Human Rights in Canada: Top 5 Key Issues for World AIDS Day 2011

Developing World Conditions in Canada Impede Access to HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Support

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