Our Approach to Education & Prevention
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre uses a harm reduction approach to education and prevention. Meeting participants where they are at, our goal is to empower them to make safer choices. In collaboration and engagement with rural communities, we explore First Nations’ approaches to promoting safe behaviours while increasing community capacity for awareness and prevention. Through our education programs, we also aim to decrease stigma and discrimination amongst community members related to HIV, Hepatitis C, drug use and sexually transmitted infections.
Workshops in Rural Yukon Communities
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre provides workshops and information sessions on HIV, Hepatitis C, Sexual health, and Harm Reduction. The workshops are facilitated in a safe and inclusive way, encouraging sex-positivity and diversity of its community members. Our goal is to equip people with knowledge, skills, and tools for healthy decision-making for themselves and for their community.
Furthermore, our aim is to provide a space for community members to gather, share and examine culturally safe approaches to safe behaviors and practices for their community with the goal of enhancing understanding of HIV and hepatitis C and its relationship to addiction and drug use.
These fun, interactive, and free information sessions can be adapted for different ages, genders, length of times, and groups.
Available workshops for 2016 in rural Yukon
- Healthy Sexuality for Women
- Supporting Elders in Understanding HIV and Hepatitis C and the impact on Community
- HIV and the Law
- Supporting Individuals through HIV and Hepatitis C Disclosures
- Condom Skills for Youth
- HIV/HCV 101
- Sex, Drugs and Youth
- Harm Reduction and Your Community
Education in Schools
The HIV Prevention workshop uses a harm reduction approach to cover the topics of HIV/AIDS, sexual decision-making, correct condom use and condom negotiation. Using interactive activities, group work and discussions, the workshop aims to debunk sexual health myths, educate about modes of transmission of HIV, encourage safer sexual choices, teach correct use of condoms, promote and practice setting and communicating boundaries. The goal of this workshop is to build capacity in sexual decision-making in order to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI). Our workshops follow the best practice recommendations for HIV/AIDS and sexual health education, as set by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in their Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education.
This workshop can be used to replace or complement the classroom teacher’s HIV/AIDS lesson(s) with the class. It can be adjusted and focused on a particular area to fit the teacher’s needs, age of the students, and length of time available (ranging from a 1.5 hour workshop to a full day or series of sessions).
Resources & Condoms
We can provide free educational resources on HIV, Hepatitis C, & Sexual health. We can also facilitate access to free condoms for organizations & businesses.
Rural Partnership Coordinator