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The Canadian AIDS Society forum for people living with HIV/AIDS

Addressing freedom, rights, dignity, social justice and HIV/AIDS

The Canadian AIDS Society held its annual forum for people living with HIV/AIDS on June 18 in Ottawa.

This year’s event focused on empowering the society’s members and people living with HIV/AIDS to respond to key human rights issues — the right to basic needs, access to healthcare and social services, and personal privacy.

In a ceremony held at Bronson Park, attendees paid tribute to Canada’s leaders in social justice and HIV, those who have improved the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS and those who died from the disease.

Guest speakers included: Jeffrey Keller, chair of the PLWHIV/AIDS Committee on the CAS Board; Monique Doolittle-Romas, executive director, Canadian AIDS Society; Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre; Irene Lindsay, First Nation elder, representing the Algonquin First Nation Community; Reverend Andrew Jensen, United Church of Canada.