2018 World AIDS Day & Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week


Unless otherwise noted, events are listed by region

This list will be updated on a weekly basis. If you’d like to submit an item, please include the following information: 1) Event name; 2) Organizer; 3) Date and time; 4) Location: 5) Details (include cost, if applicable); 6) Contact person/email for more information.
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20th Anniversary of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week

Organizer: Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Date: November 29 – December 6

Location: Vancouver, Edmonton, Peace River, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and more

Details: The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) announces Indigenous leadership and their supporters will celebrate its 20th Anniversary of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week on November 29, 2018 in Ottawa, ON with a Parliamentary Breakfast followed by December 1 – 6, 2018 events across the country to unite an Indigenous response to HIV and AIDS in a similar theme to World AIDS Day: Health For All – Know Your Status. Learn more


Voices for World AIDS Day

Organizers: CANFAR, Casey House, Maison du parc, and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Dates: November 19- December 1

Details: This awareness campaign aims to increase national partnership-building among a network of AIDS service organizations across the country to raise awareness of HIV and the work being done in the areas of HIV prevention, testing, access to treatment, and stigma reduction. Visit www.voicesforworldaidsday.ca for more information. #Voices4HIV #VoixSIDA


Community Services Fair

Organizer: Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society

Date: December 4, 10 AM – 3 PM

Location: Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, 442 Leon Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6J3

Details: Clothing, tax aid, haircuts and more. For more information, please call 250-763-4905



We Were Here

Organizer: Men’s Health Initiative, Living Positive Resource Centre

Date: December 1, 7 PM

Location: Room S104 Theatre, Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC

Details: The Living Positive Resource Centre is teaming up with UBC Okanagan faculty to present the Emmy-nominated documentary We Were Here, with a special appearance by its director David Weissman. We Were Here is a generous, uplifting look at people and their stories from the early days of the AIDS epidemic: the fighters, the lovers, the friends and health care professionals who made a difference every day. Learn more about this free event.


World AIDS Day Vigil

Organizer: Positive Living North

Date: November 30, 5 PM

Location: Fire Pit Cultural Drop-in Centre, 1120 3rd Ave, Prince George, BC

Details: Please join us for a moment of silence and remembrance to honour those living with HIV and for those we have lost to AIDS. Followed by supper. Contact Judy MItchell, Support Services Manager, for more details: 250-562-1172


Information and Shared Meal

Organizers: Dze L K;ant Friendship Centre and Positive Living North

Date: Dec. 1, 12 – 2 PM

Location: Outside Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre, 1188 Main Street, Smithers, BC

Details: Dze L K;ant Friendship Centre HIV/AIDS Awareness program; Patricia Kolida HIV/AIDS awareness worker and Chris Bios from Positive Living North will have an information table and share chili, hot chocolate and conversation.


Vancouver Coastal

25th Annual World AIDS Day

Organizers: Various- see schedule

Date: Thursday November 29, 9 AM – 9:30 PM

Location: Community Centre, 401 Main Street, Vancouver

Details: Information booths, special speakers, cake, grocery giveaway, and more. Please see attached for full schedule.


Vancouver Island

Secret/e, a new play by Rick Waines

Organizer: AIDS Vancouver Island

Date: December 1, 5 PM

Location: 2% Jazz Coffee, 1701 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC

Details: Secret/e, a new play written by Jessie award winner Rick Waines, is concerned with the criminalization of HIV, which is when disclosure of HIV status fails to occur between two, otherwise consenting, adults. Canada leads the way with 184 of these prosecutions. Secret/e, places the audience in the minds of a man as he tries to reconcile a decision to not disclose, of the woman exposed, and the officer tasked with the job of investigating the crime. This event is free. More information and tickets


World AIDS Day at the Victoria Legislature

Organizer: AIDS Vancouver Island

Date: December 1, 5 PM

Location: Victoria Legislature, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC

Details: Please join us on the steps of the Legislature for the annual lighting of the red ribbon candle display to remember those we have loved and lost. Contact AIDS Vancouver Island for more information.


HIV Cure Research Community Dialogue 

Organizer: AIDS Vancouver Island

Date: December 3, 12 PM

Location: Ambrosia Conference and Event Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC

Details: Dr Zabrina Brumme of the BCCfE will present a community dialogue on HIV cure research, challenges, opportunities and ways forward for Persons Living with HIV. Free of charge and lunch will be provided. Register now


HIV/AIDS Awareness Bingo

Organizer: Kwakiutl District Council Health Center – Cape Mudge

Date: December 3

Location: House 1 WeWay Road, Cape Mudge Village, BC

For more information, please contact Patty Wilson

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  • Our Fall Conference, AGM, PLHIV Forum and ED Summit gathers people from across the province who share their programs and services, learn about new developments in public health, and help build a vibrant and supportive community. We also offer Regional conferences to customize capacity building-needs for different service areas in BC. After the events, with permission… Read more »

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  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people with lived experience… Read more »

  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency in April 2016.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people… Read more »

  • Information about the law and the rights of people with HIV  Having HIV is not a crime, but law can impact heavily on the lives of people with HIV. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network “is one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, and advocating at both… Read more »

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