North Bay could be the first to adopt policies for people living with HIV

Published 29, Nov, 2017
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North Bay City Council to be asked to adopt GIPA/MIPA. From BayToday.ca, Linda Holmes reports

North Bay could be the first to adopt policies for people living with HIV

To read the complete article by Linda Holmes, visit BayToday.ca, here. 

North Bay City Council will be asked at this week’s Tuesday night meeting to adopt the Ontario Accord, called GIPA/MIPA, as part of its policies. GIPA/MIPA, are acronyms for Greater Involvement of People Living With or Affected by HIV/AIDS, and Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS. 

Jason MacLennan, an advocate for the Canadian Positive People Network, will be making a public presentation to council.

"Basically what we're asking the city to do is ensure that people living with HIV are included in any conversation affecting them, whether they're deciding policy or if they're talking about any programs. It could be something like a housing initiative, that you want to include in the conversation, those directly impacted," said MacLennan. He believes it is also important to include service providers like the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, in these conversations.

"This will be the first city in Canada to take such a bold step if they agree to do it. North Bay seemed like a good place for this, especially after its support with the Pride parade last year, and we see the engagement between them and the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area. So we thought this would actually be an ideal place to have this conversation and get them to adopt it first."  

MacLennan goes on to explain that the agreement can be far-reaching. "It can expand into other areas like making sure the LGBT community is involved in the conversation, Indigenous people, the Transgender community, so eventually it becomes open to anybody," said MacLennan.

The Ontario Accord explains that GIPA/MIPA 'is about human struggles and aspirations, ethics, empowerment and accountability.'

To read the complete article by Linda Holmes, visit BayToday.ca, here.

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