To provide culturally respectful and sensitive programs and strategies to respond to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among Aboriginal people in Ontario through promotion, prevention, long term care, treatment and support initiatives consistent with harm reduction.
All Regional Outreach/Support Services are available to Aboriginal individuals and communities, schools, and other service organizations and agencies for HIV/AIDS workshops and information sessions, health promotion sessions, healthy sexuality workshops, as well as individual counselling and referrals.
Oahas is governed by principles that reflect Aboriginal values and beliefs and as such, must:
- Be inclusive and responsive to the diverse and the diversity of needs of the Aboriginal community including; women, children, youth, elders, traditional teachers and respectful of all people regardless of status, residency, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
- Directly involve Aboriginal people who are living with HIV/AIDS in all aspects of the Strategy
- Be non-judgmental and embrace the harm reduction philosophy.
- Promote a holistic continuum of care that address, mind, body and spirit.
- Protect those who are directly impacted by HIV/AIDS and those who are particularly vulnerable including children, women, youth, prisoners and substance users and others.
- Respect an individual’s right to choose programming and services.
- Respect an individual’s privacy and confidentiality.
- Affirm the value of Aboriginal medicine and incorporate healing practices and teachings at the request of Aboriginal people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.