Friday, October 18
Honoring Differences, Respecting Experiences, Building Global Bridges: Three stories of HIV from Canada
Friday, October 18
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm



Indigenous people make up “4.9% of the Canadian population in 2016 account for 11% of new HIV infections…[and] an estimated 10% of all Canadians living with HIV in 2016.”

Worldwide, women and girls account for “more than half of people living with HIV…. [disproportionally affected] because of vulnerabilities created by unequal cultural, social and economic status.”

Sub-Sahara Africa, where HIV is endemic, and Canada experienced similar colonial and settler incursions, leading to loss of culture, intergenerational learning, and opportunities to build social and economic capital.  New immigrants from Sub-Sahara Africa can further experience “othering”[1] in healthcare settings, resulting in disenfranchisement and disaffection. The Indian Act, enacted in 1876, something few Canadians including “Status Indians” understand, imposes rules and governance over First Nation peoples lives to this today.

Can common social structures, the importance of family and social practices, bridge cross-cultural capacities to learn from each other, support meaningful strategies to promote HIV wellness, and encourage a global perspective combatting HIV stigma and discrimination?  Our stories will speak to how grassroots advocacy, participation in governance, and the importance from learning from each other in the fight against HIV stigma

Session Objectives:

  • Highlight common challenges faced by Indigenous Persons and Afro-Canadians living with HIV
  • Strengthen relationship based on share experiences
  • Discuss foundational importance of the GIPA (Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS) and MIPA (Meaningful Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS) Principles in HIV programming
  • Build bridges on dialogues on HIV adherence, support for people living with HIV and respecting the spectrum of lived experiences.
Session Presenters:

 Dr. Ngozi Joe-Ikechebelu:

Ngozi Joe-Ikechebelu is a PhD student at the University of Victoria (UVic) in the Social Dimensions of Health (Interdisciplinary Program), Scholl of Public Health and Social Policy. She works, currently, on mixed methods community based participatory research approaches as a structural intervention for African women living with HIV in British Columbia. She is trained in medicine and surgery from Nigeria with over 10 years of clinical consultation work and community experiences caring for people living with HIV. Her scholarly and work experiences focus on health disparities for, around, and with racialized communities especially women, children and families who are impacted by socio-structural factors that influence their health and wellness.  Ngozi’s other area of focus is in Global health research and she co-leads the Nigeria Working Group of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (NWG-CCGHR), and a project in high schools on Climate Change Challenges in Nigeria.

Patience Magagula - After witnessing the effects of HIV in the African community, Patience and four others founded Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC (ACPNET-BC). She is an advocate committed to improving the lives of people living with HIV. She witnessed stigma and discrimination in her journey serving her community. She is passionate in serving Refugees / Immigrants living with HIV. She also brings a diverse range of approaches to the work of HIV.

Patience hopes to share back her skills and talents she gained through all her studies in a diverse range of approach. She advocates for people living with HIV at a Provincial, National and global level.


Chad Dickie – the first “First Nation” Chair of AVI Health & Community Services Society (formerly AIDS Vancouver Island Society (AVI)) provides leadership and oversight for five locations of AVI across Vancouver Island. Chad is involved in primary care network (PCN) development in British Columbia, Canadian institute of Health Research Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research (CIHR SPOR) and has contributed to presentations at the Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR) annual conference.  Chad was a winner of a Canadian Society of International Health (CSIH) travel award as living experience voice at Canadian Pavilion at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam and winner of the 2019 BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Quality Award for “Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice”.

[1] Othering and Being Othered in the Context of Health Care Services. Johnson, Bottorff, Browne et al (

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