HIV / AIDS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES
HIV / AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) invites the community to participate in AIDS Awareness Week from November 24 to December 1.
The week will host a wide range of activities, including the HIV & the Law 101 workshop, drag bingo at Wellington Brewery, an annual arts and culture night called Night of Red, a virtual night before a legendary show called Pose , HIV self-testing pick-up kit, a collective art project called “stitchin ‘mourning” and the vigil for World AIDS Day.
“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. And without strategies to meet those needs, we could see an HIV resurgence that threatens our public health response to COVID-19, ”says CATIE.
“This year is particularly important, as our communities continue to go through complex layers of grief, isolation, health issues and questions about the future; while also remembering those we have lost in the past months, years and decades, and how much we have all experienced in the past year and a half. We deal with how the impacts of the pandemic have changed us individually and collectively. What ways have our communities found to grieve through thick and thin before, and what can we learn from them about how we continue to navigate these difficult times? How might the ways in which we come together to cry, grow, and heal be different in the months and years to come? Says Jasper Smith, Education Coordinator at ARCH. Join us for engaging discussions, interactive digital community art shows, and a community gathering to find new ways to move forward together.
The week ends with an outdoor commemorative candle display on Wednesday, December 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ARCH invites you to join in honoring the light of those we have lost. We mourn and remember those who touched our hearts and impacted our community. You are invited to come and light a candle, share a moment of silence or share a memory with those present. Hot drinks and cookies will be available outside. There will also be a space inside to share space, connect and reflect.
If you can’t attend but still want to have a candle lit in honor of your friends or family, you can email Sarah at manager @ archguelph. We will ensure that a candle is lit in your name.
For the full range of events, please visit www.archguelph.ca and RSVP to events through Eventbrite.