Sexual Health

Pauktuutit first passed a resolution during its 1984 Annual General Meetings (AGM) calling attention to Inuit sexual health issues and to the need for information and educational materials on sexual health that met the needs of Inuit communities. Later, in 1990, an AGM resolution called for an AIDS workshop in the North. In May 1995, Pauktuutit conducted the first National Inuit HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Workshop, which served to raise awareness among Community Health Representatives (CHRs) about the issues and risk behaviours associated with HIV/AIDS and STIs. In 1998, with financial support from Health Canada, Pauktuutit began a pan-Arctic HIV/AIDS health prevention and promotion program that produced and distributed HIV/AIDS-related materials in English and Inuktitut. Pauktuutit remains the only national organization focussing on specific Inuit HIV/AIDS issues and initiatives, and has gained national and international recognition and acclaim for its innovative and unique work.

More recent activities have included developing fact sheets for southern medical professionals who may have Inuit patients who are HIV-positive, resource materials for urban service providers with Inuit clients, and in 2011/12 conducted a workshop to develop Inuktitut terminology to help Inuit better understand their HIV health status and treatment options. This terminology is anticipated to be useful in relation to a number of medical and health issues.

Pauktuutit also established the Canadian Inuit HIV/AIDS Network (CIHAN) to guide its HIV/AIDS programming in the Inuit regions and with particular Inuit groups. CIHAN functions as a consultative and advisory group to Pauktuutit’s sexual health program on matters pertaining to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among Inuit. CIHAN is Pauktuutit’s window on the regions and its pulse on Inuit communities. In this way, CIHAN helps to facilitate Pauktuutit’s outreach to Inuit communities and groups and collaborates with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. CIHAN also functions as a mechanism to share information on HIV/AIDS across all regions.

Pauktuutit and CIHAN project activities include:

  • Raising awareness;
  • Producing and distributing newsletters, posters, CDs, and training videos;
  • Developing web-based information;
  • Training front-line health workers;
  • Supporting AIDS fairs and walks in Inuit communities;
  • Attending meetings to share information and encourage cooperation on sexual health; and
  • Serving as advocates for Inuit at the national and regional levels.

Pauktuutit’s work has expanded beyond HIV/AIDS to include other sexual health matters. As with other facets of Inuit health, sexual health must be approached holistically. Factors that can foster an HIV/AIDS epidemic can be linked to the same factors that foster high teenage pregnancy rates and high rates of STIs. Social determinants of health such as health services, adequate housing, proper nutrition, economic opportunities, and various forms of violence and abuse are also factors that influence the sexual health of individuals and communities.

Currently, Pauktuutit is undertaking the following projects:

  • Tukisiviit – Do you understand? Inuit Sexual Health Literacy Forum and medical terminology glossary;
  • Hepatitis C information and resource development;
  • School sexual health curriculum module development;
  • Collaboration with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada on their Guide for Health Professionals working with Aboriginal Peoples;
  • Participation on the National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS (NACHA); and
  • CIHAN.

Partners

  • First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
  • CATIE

Publications

Thumbnails Title Additional Notes Dates Downloads

Celebrate life, embrace the changes Poster

Inuktitut

2016 Download

Celebrate life, embrace the changes Poster

English

2016 Download

Women, Aging and Sexual Health Poster

Inuktitut

2016 Download

Women, Aging and Sexual Health Poster

English

2016 Download

Contact List

Ottawa

2010 Download

Contact List

Montreal

2010 Download

Contact List

Edmonton

2010 Download

Contact List

Winnipeg

2010 Download

Contact List

St. John’s

2010 Download

Physician Fact Sheet

Montreal / Nunavik

2010 Download

Physician Fact Sheet

Winnipeg / Kivalliq

2010 Download

Physician Fact Sheet

Ottawa / Nunavut

2010 Download

Inuit Five-year Strategic Plan on Sexual Health

English and Inuktitut

2010 Download

Inuit Youth Sexual Health Conference "Stay Informed - Make Responsible Choices"

2009 Download

Sexual Health Conference Report

Inuktitut

2008 Download

Sexual Health Conference Report

English

2008 Download

Ajjigijaunngittuq: Addressing the HIV Needs of Inuit in Urban Centres

2007 Download

The Ladies Man - Guide

2003 Download

C.U.M.

2003 Download

The Ladies Man - Claymation video

2003 Download

The Ladies Man - Tray Insert

2003 Download

R.I.P. Poster

2002 Download

Notice to Travellers

2002 Download

Hickey Poster

2002 Download

What is HIV?

2002 Download

Testing for HIV

2002 Download

HIV Viral Load

2002 Download

HIV Wasting Syndrome

2002 Download

What is Good Nutrition?

2002 Download

HIV Related Fatigue

2002 Download

Stages of HIV Infection

2002 Download

HIV Treatment Issues for Women

2002 Download

HIV and Pregnancy

2002 Download

HIV and Non-Insured Health Benefits

2002 Download

What is HIV/AIDS Resistance?

2002 Download

Is HIV a disability?

2002 Download

Tuberculosis and HIV

2002 Download

Substance use and HIV

2002 Download

Substance Abuse

2002 Download

A Proposed Inuit Plan of Action on HIV/AIDS – Executive Summary

2001 Download

Condom Poster

English

2001 Download

Condom Poster

Labradorian

2001 Download

Condom Poster

Inuktitut

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: SUSTIVA

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: DEALING WITH DIARRHEA

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: DRUG SIDE EFFECTS

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: KAPOSI’S SARCOMA

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: THE AIDS COCKTAIL

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: STICKING TO YOUR TREATMENT

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: STARTING COMBINATION THERAPY

2001 Download

Related Illnesses: THRUSH

2001 Download

Puzzle Design

2001 Download

Condom cover - Polar Bear

2001 Download

Condom cover - Partridge

2001 Download

Condom cover - Musk Ox

2001 Download

Condom cover - Muktaaq

2001 Download

Condom cover - Char

2001 Download

Condom cover - Caribou

2001 Download

Condom cover - Canada Goose

2001 Download

Condom cover - Arpik Cloudberry

2001 Download

Condom cover - Arctic Hare

2001 Download

Condom cover - Walrus

2001 Download

Condom cover - Seal

2001 Download

HIV/AIDS: The Basics

Inuktitut

1999 Download

HIV/AIDS: The Basics

Labradorian

1999 Download

Protecting Yourself from HIV

Inuktitut

1999 Download

Protecting Yourself from HIV

Labradorian

1999 Download

Protecting Yourself from HIV

English

1999 Download

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

Labradorian

1999 Download

Living with HIV/Aids

Inuktitut

1999 Download

Living with HIV/Aids

French

1999 Download

Living with HIV/Aids

English

1999 Download

Living with HIV/Aids

Labradorian

1999 Download

Lifesaver Cards

1999 Download

HIV/AIDS: The Basics

English

1998 Download

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

Inuktitut

1998 Download

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

English

1998 Download