2015 Two Spirit Communities Across Turtle Island Honor World AIDS Day

2015 Two Spirit Communities Across Turtle Island Honor World AIDS Day

2015 World Aids Day
– December 1st  World AIDS Day – Every life is precious, especially among our people when there are not that many members to count to begin with.  Our people of the indigenous nations of Turtle Island cannot afford to lose one life and most especially from our Two-Spirit community.  We are proud to report members of Two-Spirit communities across turtle island will honor this day is different ways.

In the Northwest the Portland’s Indigenous Two-Spirit community in collaboration with the Portland State Univ. Native American Student Community Center will be host a smudging prayer ceremony at the Center beginning at 9:00a.  Lorne James, Navajo, Two-Spirit community member will share his story and educate us on HIV awareness and how we can become stronger advocates. All are invited and welcome to attend.

In the Southwest, the Navajo Nation HIV Prevention Program along with Tuba City Regional Health Care, and Navajo Health Education Program are sponsoring a Fun Run in Tuba City, Arizona. Registration starts at 4:30 and the starts promptly at 5:15p at the Tuba City Hospital helipad parking lot. The run ends at the Chapter House with a prayer service and observance of a moment of silence. For more information, contact Cheryl Cook at 928-283-2920.

The Navajo Nation HIV Prevention Program and the Navajo Health Education Program will also be hosting a one-day conference in observance of World AiDS Day at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. The conference is scheduled from 8:00am to 5:00p Dec. 1. Please contact Fannie at 928-871-7972 for more information.

Up North, in Saskatchewan Canada, the All Nations Hope Network is sponsoring a 2-day Indigenous HIV Conference with the theme of “Restoration of Kinship.” It is about restoring the kinship systems among Indigenous people, gathering as tribes and looking for the strengths of the people. to begin once more the close relationships we have with one another as human beings, to restore relationships with the land, the water, the plants and the animals, and to honor the Creator in the restoration of kinship.

In the East, in Harlem of New York City, WORLD AIDS DAY will be held at The World Famous Apollo Theater Stage 11:00am – 11:03am. The Native American/First Nations community has been asked to open the event with a prayer and the East Coast Two Spirit Society will be fully participating. All are welcome.

These are just of few of the ways our vibrant Two-Spirit groups & allies will be engaging in the local communities, participating, leading events and honoring the lives lost. Ha-hoh, megwitch, mado, a-ho, hiy-hiy, … FOR ALL OUR RELATIONS.