Indigenous peoples around the world are representing with strength and pride during the 19th (XIX) International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. July 22 to 27. An estimated 25,000 people from across the globe are expected to attend, and Indigenous peoples have been hard at work organizing to host a number of events and sessions to see and be seen—the title of the Indigenous pre-conference July 20 to 21. A list of these events and sessions can be found on the International Indigenous HIV/AIDS Working Group. Of note to check out are:
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network events—starting with the Youth Pre-Conference
- D.C. Native Community Summer Round Dance and Cultural Exchange Night—July 21
- Indigenous Peoples Networking Zone—Global Village (open to the public and free to attend!)
- A number of Indigenous workshops and presentations are happening during the main conference of AIDS 2012. See the main conference program for details.
Can’t be in D. C. for the International AIDS Conference? Follow on Twitter with #AIDS2012 hashtag as well as our Native Youth Sexual Health Network team @NYSHN. Stay tuned for more articles and interviews I’ll be posting throughout the conference as Indigenous peoples make our voices heard loud and clear! Jessica Danforth is the founder and executive director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, the first and only organization of its kind in North America by and for Indigenous youth working within the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health.