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Chee Mamuk (Aboriginal Health)

Chee Mamuk is a provincial Aboriginal program that provides innovative and culturally appropriate training, educational resources and wise practice models in STIs, hepatitis and HIV.
About us
We have many strengths as Aboriginal people. We can use these strengths to raise awareness and prevent HIV/AIDS and STIs.

At Chee Mamuk we value: 

  • Creativity
  • Building on strengths
  • Building on tradition and culture
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration

Vision

A life characterized by healthy sexuality and free of STIs, Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS for indigenous peoples.

Mission

Chee Mamuk recognizes and works to address inequities in the health of Aboriginal communities. Chee Mamuk’s services are grounded in community, tradition and science in order to promote healthy sexuality and to build capacity in Aboriginal communities to prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs.

What we do

Chee Mamuk offers:  

  • Workshops
  • Training for front line staff
  • Youth sexual health projects
  • Cultural wise practice models
  • Community development
  • Culturally appropriate resources
  • Consultation Referrals


Workshops

Chee Mamuk provides workshops for children, youth, adults, Elders and training for frontline staff and provides education materials to suit different ages. 

Chee Mamuk’s workshops and trainings are interactive, fun, flexible and focused on the needs of Aboriginal people. Workshops and trainings are created to meet individual community needs.

Workshop topics 

  • Myths and truths about HIV & STIs
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Harm Reduction: Keeping people safer who use drugs & a​lcohol
  • Encouraging & supporting change in a good way
  • Talking to youth about sexuality
  • Healthy self-esteem
  • A, B, C's of Hepatitis

Training sessions 

  • Encouraging Strong Paths: Planning culturally strong HIV, hepatitis & STI programs for Aboriginal communities
  • Around the Kitchen Table: Reclaiming Tradition and Building Awareness for Aboriginal Women
  • Chief and Council: Leading Change in Your Community

 

Resources

Chee Mamuk has developed many culturally specific educational materials that are available here for downloading. Many of these items are also available in hardcopy format that you can order through the forms provided.

  • Honouring our Voices

    In March, five Aboriginal people from across BC gathered to share their stories about their journey with Hepatitis C. This resource captures their stories and teachings in their own words. Included among the pages of stories is information about Hep C such as how it is transmitted, signs and symptoms and prevention messages. Our hope is that this resource helps create awareness of how Hep C impacts Aboriginal people, families and communities.

  • Honouring our Journey

    In January 2014, six Aboriginal individuals who are living with or affected by HIV came together to share their stories. This resource combines the experiences of these brave warriors with information about HIV such as available testing, how HIV is transmitted, and how people with HIV can live long, healthy lives.

  • Leading the Way

    In February and November 2011, Chief and Council members from First Nations communities in northwest and central/north east regions of British Columbia attended a 2 day HIV/AIDS forum in order to share their thoughts about the HIV epidemic in their own communities and to make recommendations for action. These books are a compilation of those thoughts.


  • Wise Women

    Wise Women is a culturally appropriate, healthy sexuality kit that provides information to Aboriginal Women. This series of pamphlets includes education and support resources on HIV, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis, healthy sexuality, condom use, and safer drug use.

  • Flip Book: Put on Something Sexy and Who's got the Condom?
    Flipping fun – a pocket sized flip book that models condom use. Two styles available; one models condom use between a male and female partner, the other models condom use between two male partners. Order using the educational supplies order form.

  • Reclaiming Tradition, Around The Kitchen Table (ATKT): a Model for HIV, Hepatitis and Sexual Health Education
    The goal of the ATKT model is to train women in Aboriginal communities to be ATKT leaders. These leaders then implement a series of ATKT sessions with women in their own communities. The sessions combine information about HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STI's) with cultural activities such as cedar bark weaving or beadwork. 
    In the Fall of 2013, Chee Mamuk and First Nations Health Authority produced a DVD that provides more information about the model and the trainings.

 
 
  • Gathering Tree
    A beautifully illustrated children’s book about HIV/AIDS, written by aware winning First Nations author, Larry Loyie and co-author Constance Brissenden.

Aboriginal/Youth DVDs - Star in Your Own Stories

Star in Your Own Stories is a success story. It is a creative, engaging sexual-health project that allows Aboriginal youth to use their voices. The following DVDs were created entirely by the youth in order to promote sexual health and youth engagement.

 

  • Stand True: A Film by Haisla Youth

    Stand True was created by twelve Kitimaat youth in January 2007. The main story line addresses how two things can spread in a community: rumors and STIs. The DVD has many positive messages on sexuality and condom use and contains a "making of" piece, which talks about HIV issues and what the youth learned in the project.

  • Step Up, A Film by Chemainus, Malahat and Halalt Youth

    Step Up is a creative, engaging youth sexual health project. This DVD was created in November 2007 by six Halalt, Chemainus, and Malahat youth. As well as the having some light-hearted animation this positive messaging project focuses on the importance of getting tested for sexually transmitted infections.

  • Strong Path, A Film by Stolo Youth

    Strong Path DVD is a youth DVD revealing the hopes twelve Sto:lo youth have for the future of their people. This engaging DVD includes hip-hop music, traditional-inspired drumming, and storyline dealing with "partying", drinking-and-driving and condom use.

  • By My Name, A Film by Nak'azdli Youth
    By My Name DVD is a youth DVD created by 12 Nak'azdli youth. These youth identified colonization as part of the underlying issues for HIV and STIs in their community. Their DVD carries messages of cultural pride, transmission of culture and importance of community as ways to decolonize, counter isolation, and lower the numbers of HIV and STIs.

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