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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Supports the Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk 2017

MEDIA RELEASE  September 14, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Supports the Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk 2017

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) supports and encourages participation in the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk 2017 taking place on Saturday September 16th at the Prince George Civic Centre – Canada Games Plaza. This event, organized by Positive Living North: No khe̅yoh t'sih'en t'sehena Society (PLN), will raise funds and promote their work to provide HIV/AIDS supports, awareness and prevention.

In Canada HIV and AIDS disproportionately affects Indigenous people with rates about 3.6 times higher than other Canadians in 2008. This vulnerability to contracting HIV and AIDS and its prevalence in Indigenous populations is because of a variety of factors and social determinants of health such as poverty, access to health services, gender, violence, racism and multigenerational effects of colonialism and the residential school system.

“AIDS/HIV is a sensitive issue amongst Indigenous communities but it is critical that we lift the stigma on aspects of this disease and talk to each other,” states Tribal Chief Terry Teegee. “There currently is no cure for HIV and so we must work hard to promote prevention – most importantly, if you’re at high risk don’t hesitate to take measures to know your HIV status.”

The AIDS Walk will take place throughout the downtown core of PG and will begin at 10:30 AM.

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Contact: Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, CSTC Office : (250) 562-6279; Cell: (250) 640-3256

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