"Prepared for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation by J. Kevin Barlow, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network".
Includes bibliographical references, p. 57-62.
"This report describes some of these challenges. They will also help to understand that Survivors have needs, unique and above others in the Aboriginal population, yet they are still part of the people as a whole who have been impacted by a failed system [of residential schools]. These needs become compromised when new health issues such as HIV/AIDS or injection drugs come into play. HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, including homophobia, make it all the more difficult to face and respond appropriately. And, when dealing with Aboriginal people who are or who have been in prison, this brings yet another level of healing needs that often goes unanswered. HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C are two of the newer health threats facing Aboriginal people today, especially those in prison. In exploring the connection between the residential school legacy and HIV/AIDS, this report focuses on incarcerated Aboriginal people because it is in the Canadian prison system that some of the most disturbing infection rates are found. Any person whose life path leads to prison has undoubtedly experienced a breakdown in the personal support systems and social networks that keep most people afloat. Prisons, like residential schools, are complete institutions. Far too many Aboriginal people are still spending portions of their lives in institutions where they have little control and are forbidden to leave". -- Intro.
Contents: Definitions -- Introduction -- Background -- The Residential School Legacy -- Understanding Physical and Sexual Abuse -- HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal People -- Aboriginal Offenders -- Other Concerns -- Best Practices and Challenges -- Conclusions -- Appendix 1: Background on the Healing Lodges -- Appendix 2: Interview Questions for Healing Lodges -- Appendix 3: Recommendations from the Literature -- References.