Aboriginal communities across Canada to assess funding cuts'devastating consequences to Canada's fight against HIV and AIDSOTTAWA, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) announces Aboriginal leadership and their supporters, including the Canadian Global Health All-Parliamentary Caucus on HIV TB & Malaria, will gather on December 1, 2016 in Ottawa, ON to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2016. It will be followed December 2 - 6, 2016 by workshops across the country ( Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Haines Junction, Toronto, and more) to continue discussions on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues in Canada. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations continue to respond to HIV and AIDS with community-based initiatives, but they are still over-represented and experiencing epidemic proportions 2.7 times higher than other Canadians. In a parallel theme to international World AIDS Day: Hands Up for #HIVPrevention, Aboriginal Peoples across Canada are putting up their hands to create community readiness and culturally safe approaches in order to stop this epidemic. Hands up by leading an Indigenous response, testing to "know your status", eliminating stigma and discrimination, ensuring equitable access, and protecting our whole community. This series of events across Canada will connect Aboriginal organizations, government partners, health care providers, and community leaders as they reflect on what has been achieved with regard to an Indigenous response to HIV, what must still be achieved, and how recent Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funding cuts will affect their role with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Fast Track Strategy for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.