2017 World AIDS Day & Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week



We Remember Luncheon
Organizer: Positive Living Fraser Valley Society
Date: December 1, 12:30 PM
Location: Unit 108A, 32883 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC
Details: showing of “HIV Unmasked” produced by Positive Living North. Remembering the many we have lost in 2017. SARA for women will be joining us in the video showing.




Candlelight Vigil in Cranbrook
Organizer: ANKORS East
Date: December 1, 7 PM
Location: Street Angel, #46 16th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC
Details: There will be a reception afterwards. Event is free, and all are welcomed.
Information: Gary Dalton: [email protected]


Words & AIDS
Organizers: Living Positive Resource Centre, Men’s Health Initiative, REL8 Okanagan and community partners
Date: Saturday, December 2, 7 PM to 9 PM
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna
Details: An opportunity for our community to read and share ‘words’ to reflect on the impacts of HIV/AIDS and honour those who are no longer with us, celebrate the accomplishments of our community and support those who are currently living with HIV/AIDS while building general and local awareness for World AIDS DAY and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness week. More
Information: Kim Kinakin: [email protected]



Community Gathering
Organizer: Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society and Positive Living North
Date: December 1, 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Location: Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society, 1188 Main Street, Smithers, BC
Details: Everyone is welcome to join us for hot chocolate and conversation. A booth will be set up, with HIV information material available. Prizes to be given away.
Information: [email protected]


Let’s Talk about Sex Pub Trivia Night
Organizer: Positive Living North, UNBC
Date: Nov. 30, 9 PM
Location: Thirsty Moose Pub, 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC
Information: Positive Living North, 250.562.1172


Soup, Socks, and Sex Ed for World AIDS Day
Organizer: Positive Living North
Date: Friday December 1, 2017, 11 AM- Noon
Location: Prince George Courthouse: 250 George Street, Prince George, BC
Details: Please join us for a bowl of soup, a pair of socks and Information about U=U! Getting to ZERO: Zero new HIV infections. Zero disrcimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.
Information: Judy Mitchell, Support Services Manager: 250.562.1172


World AIDS Day Candle Light Vigil & Dinner
Organizer: Positive Living North
Date: December 1, 5 to 7 PM
Location: The Fire Pit Cultural Drop-In Centre:  1120- 3rd Avenue, Prince George BC
Details: Please join us for a moment of silence and remembrance to honor those living with HIV and for those we have lost to AIDS, followed by supper. Open invitation for drummers to participate to honour those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS.
Information: Judy Mitchell, Support Services Manager: 250. 562.1172


Vancouver Coastal

An Evening in Honour of World AIDS Day
Organizer: Friends For Life
Date: November 30, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Diamond Centre for Living 1459 Barclay Street, Vancouver, BC
Details: This is an opportunity for community members and supporters of the Vancouver Friends for Life Society to reconnect and reflect on the impactful history of the organization, the many people living with HIV it has benefited, and the future of HIV support in the community. With remarks by: Dr. Martin Laba, John Dub, and Jesse Brown. Refreshments provided. This is no charge for entry to the event, and it is wheelchair accessible. More


MAC Makeovers for Members of Positive Living BC
Organizer: Positive Living BC
Date: December 1
Location: Positive Living BC, 1101 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Information: Wendy Stevens: [email protected]


A Loving Spoonful’s Annual World AIDS Day Luncheon
Organizer: A Loving Spoonful
Date: December 1, 11:30 AM to 2 PM
Location: Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Price: Individual tickets are $180  |  Tickets Available 
Details: A Loving Spoonful’s Signature Event, the World AIDS Day Luncheon, will be held this year on December 1st, 2017 at the Terminal City Club from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Hosting some of Vancouver’s business elite, community leaders and distinguished personalities, this exclusive luncheon features indulgent cuisine, elegant décor and some of the most precious and unique items presented in the Silent and Live auctions. The special guest speaker this year is Joe Average, and the event will be emceed by Virgin Radio’s Jonny Staub. Presenting sponsor: BMO.  More
Information: Jenna McAlevy: [email protected]


Red Ribbon Awards
Organizer: AIDS Vancouver
Date: December 1, 6 PM to 9 PM
Location: The Junction Pub, 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
Details: Since 2013 AIDS Vancouver has presented the Red Ribbon Awards to individuals and organizations who have had a significant impact on HIV in Vancouver. This event will recognize 8 individuals and organizations who have made major contributions to HIV in Vancouver. More


24th Annual World AIDS Day Event, Carnegie Community Centre
Organizers: DTES-HIV/IDU Consumers’ Board, AIDS Vancouver, Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre, HepCBC, and others
Date: December 1, 9 AM – 9:30 Carnegie Theatre
Location: Carnegie Community Centre 401 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Details: ‘Canada’s largest community-organized World AIDS Day Event.’ We invite your organization to set up an information booth at our 24th annual World AIDS Day Event. You can come and go as you wish; you can leave your information booth unstaffed if you choose; we will pick up all leftover information at the end of the day and re-use it at other events. 100% FREE. Activities: video & other entertainment, food & refreshments, free HCV and HIV testing,  prizes throughout day, health information-HIV, HCV, and HBV!

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Some of the events:

    • VIDC booth will be in the theatre: ~10 AM to 4 PM
    • Lunch served in theatre at 12:15 PM
    • Dr. Conway will present: 12:30 to 1:15 PM. Title: Can we finally get rid of HIV?
    • STOP Team will do HIV Testing: 11 AM to 1 PM
  • VIDC will do HCV Testing: 1:15 to 4 PM (3 testers will be available)
  • Cheryl Reitz, Anita York, Dr. Anuradha Dhavan, “Hep. B” & “Yes we can eliminate Heps B & C.” 245 PM
  • Dr. Christy Sutherland, “HIV and Harm Reduction” 345 PM

Information: John Cameron [email protected] or 606-274-8122; AIDS Vancouver, 604-893-2201 or HepCBC via message to 604-259-0500.


A Mile in Our Moccasins
Organizer: Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
Date: Wednesday December 6, 7  to 9 PM
Location: Native Education College Longhouse, 285 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Details: Premiere film screening of A Mile in Our Moccasins, a film by Indigenous youth for Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Guest speakers, Indigenous songs. There is no cost to attend. There will be stew and bannock dinner. World AIDS Day Raffle
Organizer: McLaren Housing
Details: In honour of World Aids Day we’re holding a December 1st raffle! There will be one prize of $1,000. Tickets are $5.00 each. There are only 1200 tickets to be had and they’re selling now.
Call 604.669.4090 for tickets and information. Email [email protected] or pop by the lounge at 649 Helmcken Street! You could enjoy your own shopping spree this holiday season!

Vancouver Island

HIV Word Search Puzzles: Win a Prize!
Organizer: KDC Health
Date: November 14, ongoing to draw on December 1 at 3 PM
Location: 1 WeWay Rd, Cape Mudge Village, Quadra Island, BC
Details: The HIV word search puzzle will be available Nov 14 at the KDC Cape Mudge Health site on Quadra Island. The second puzzle will be put out on Nov 20. Participants are encouraged to drop their entry off by noon Dec 1. Three $25.00 gift cards will be drawn at 3 pm Dec 1st in support of HIV/AIDS awareness. We will be encouraging people to complete different HIV word search puzzles throughout the last two weeks of November and deposit it in our entry box to win one of 3 $25 gift cards. The draw is scheduled for 3 pm on Dec. 1st. This should encourage people to look at the table setup as well as may provide an opportunity to discuss some of the vocabulary in the word search puzzles
Information: Patty Wilson: [email protected] “We Are Here” Storyboard Art Installation
Date: Nov 22 to Dec 6
Location: Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street, Lekwungen Territories, Victoria
Details: Now in its sixth year, the “We Are Here” anti-stigma project involves local people living with HIV sharing their personal stories with their fellow Victorians, reminding us all that HIV doesn’t just happen elsewhere – it happens right here, too.  This project features “Storyboards”, an art installation, where a collection of diverse images and real-life stories and experiences of local folks living with HIV will be on display during AIDS Awareness Week and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, Nov. 22th-Dec. 6th.  World AIDS Day Launch
Date: Nov 30, 6 to 8 PM
Location: Greater Victoria Public Library Community Room, 735 Broughton Street, Lekwungen Territories, Victoria, BC
Details: Free Community Education Session and Film featuring;

  • HIV Basics and HIV Update
  • Resources, snacks, info table, craft table for kids

World AIDS Day
Date: Dec 1, 11 AM to 2 PM
Location: Anawim House 973 Caledonia Ave, Victoria, BC
Details: Free Community Education Session and lunch, featuring:

  • HIV Basics Presentation with Nathan
  • Red Road presentations
  • HIV Testing with Nurse Karen from Cool Aid
  • Information Table
  • Free Lunch

World AIDS Day and launch of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week
Date: Dec 1, 3 to 5 PM
Greater Victoria Public Library Community Room, 735 Broughton Street, Lekwungen Territories, Victoria BC
Free Community Education Session and Film, featuring:

  • Unity Drummers and Singers
  • HIV Poz Speakers
  • Red Road presentation
  • Free screening of Promising Practices in Indigenous Communities in Saskatchewan
  • Resources, snacks, information table, craft table for kids
  • Walk to Legislature for lighting of red ribbon candle display

10th Annual (and final) Rock Your Awareness
Date: Dec 2, 8 PM to 1 AM
Location: Logan’s Pub, 1821 Cook Street, Victoria, BC
Details: Fundraising event for AIDS Vancouver Island, featuring:

  • Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Training
  • AIDS/HIV and Harm Reduction education and resources
  • Amazing prizes and raffle

$15 at door • 19+ with ID AIDS Awareness Week Wellness Fair
Organizer: AIDS Vancouver Island, Nanaimo
Date: November 28, 10 AM to 2 PM
Location: 102-55 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, BC
Details: Free snacks, Hair cuts (10-2), Make-overs by MAC Cosmetics Staff (11-1), Ear Acupressure, (12-2), HIV, Hepatitis & STI testing (all day). Sponsored by AVI Health Centre
Information: Claire: 250.754.9111

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