Around the Kitchen Table: Combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities

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It has long been known that British Columbia's Aboriginal women face a disproportionate number of health and social challenges, and are at an increasingly high risk for contracting HIV.

The BC Centre for Disease Control, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, has been helping combat this issue with Around the Kitchen Table, a project model which fosters traditional teaching activities by combining them with HIV/AIDS education. Now, Around the Kitchen Table is launching an educational DVD and accompanying training materials that provide this innovative prototype across the province at a particularly crucial time.

The Around the Kitchen Table project aims to empower Aboriginal women, with an emphasis on those living in remote communities, to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS by reinstating women's traditional roles and joining them in a community network of support and education. The Chee Mamuk program offers "train the trainer" sessions, and/or online and DVD instruction so Aboriginal communities can run their own Around the Kitchen Table sessions, utilizing their own traditions and local resources to educate and inform participants.