Northern HIV Journey Mapping Project

Initiative Objectives and goals

To determine: what are the barriers (testing, treatment and living with HIV) that Manitoba First Nations people in remote northern communities have faced and continue to face?; what are the resilient ways in which Manitoba First Nations people in remote northern communities faced and continue to face testing, treatment and living with HIV?; what are culturally responsive and geographically appropriate policies and practices for Manitoba First Nations people in remote northern communities to live well with HIV in the north?

The Role of this Initiative to End the HIV Epidemic

Will increase our understanding of system gaps and barriers facing northern First Nations People who are navigating the HIV care cascade from perspectives of the person, the providers and the community, will grow capacity for our research teams on ethical space and delivery of better research and programs,  and will also help create innovations in testing and care from a two-eyed seeing perspective that are appropriate for northern Manitoba First Nations communities.

Meaningful Engagement with People with Lived Experience

People with lived experience are part of the Manitoba Working Group and we also have two Community Research Associates who are part of the interview and analysis team.

Key performance indicators

Primary target audience

Indigenous Communities

Secondary target audience

Service Providers, Policy makers

Start Date
July 1, 2019
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July 2023
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RESULTS

So far we have: developed a First Nations HIV Community Readiness Assessment Tool (to be piloted); begun to establish a Manitoba Northern Working Group; and are establishing Ethical Space & Research with Indigenous Populations: A Series of Capacity Building Workshops led by Dr. Elder Albert Mcleod, which will be available for many of our other REACH research teams as well.

Results

So far we have developed a First Nations HIV Community Readiness Assessment Tool (to be piloted), begun to establish a Manitoba Northern Working Group, and are establishing Ethical Space & Research with Indigenous Populations: A Series of Capacity Building Workshops, led by Dr. Elder Albert Mcleod, which will also be available to many of our other REACH research teams.

Insights

Challenges

"But I also learn from the women after hearing their stories. I put them into practice. ‘Cause they teach me. I teach them. They learn from me." —Valérie, a BSC Collaborative member