Oahas mission is 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.
Oahas will continue to operate distinctly and in parallel with the vision, goals and objectives of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS and the Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Oahas also shares a common Vision with the Aboriginal Health Policy.
Vision Statement of The Aboriginal Health Policy
“The Ontario provincial Aboriginal Health Policy exists in the context of the inherent right to self-government.”
“Aboriginal health is holistic and includes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Through this understanding of self, a vision of wellness balances body, mind and spirit and is promoted throughout the healing continuum.
Committed partnerships of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and governments will recognize and respect the diversities in lifestyles and traditions of Aboriginal people regardless of residency and status.”
The objects for which the corporation is incorporated are:
- To educate the aboriginal public about the causes and effects of, and treatments for, HIV/AIDS by offering workshops, seminars, conferences and meetings and by collecting and disseminating information on that topic.
- To offer counseling and referrals to aboriginal persons in coping with the effects of HIV/AIDS.