The History of Indigenous HIV - People, Policy and Process

  • Author / Creator
    Lambert, Denise T
  • In this time of truth and reconciliation, an Indigenous health research question was asked, responded to, and interpreted by people whose genealogy includes Cree, Blackfoot (Piikani), Kwakwaka’wakw, Stoney and Métis. Indigenous HIV in Canada is described from the point of view of those who live with and give voice to this issue. The story line is set with the vibration of the heart, felt as the sound of the drum, moving through decades of colonizing process and practice. The drum beat is the consistent cadence of the “Prisoner’s Song”, bringing forward the story of two Alberta Métis boys who were hanged in the 1940’s. Through historical data analysis and comparisons of current policies, systems and methods of handling Indigenous peoples, a perpetual cycle of colonialism is revealed. Using a braided life story narrative, two of the first Indigenous (First Nation) people to publicly disclose their HIV status, are woven into the timeline of the HIV response in Canada. Kecia Larkin and Ken Ward share their select experience to bring light to issues that have been almost silenced. The story line is expanded to include the influence of legislated identities, community organizing, policy impacts and the dis-course of health systems in addressing issues affecting People of the Land. From the rich song and story lines, evidencing the strength of oral translation of Indigenous knowledge, a rhythm of resilience unfolds. Considerations for health programs and policies are introduced through the concepts of surface culturality and reflective vision.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2017
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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