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Read the OAN 2021/22 Annual Report 

Following the OAN’s Annual Meeting, we’re pleased to share our annual report summarizing OAN and GMSH activities, outputs, and financials for the 2021/22 fiscal year. In this report, you’ll find a report-back from the co-chairs of the OAN’s Board of Directors, a summary of our financials and funders, and updates about our Skills, PLID, Advocacy, and OPRAH programming. 

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Centering Race in Health Equity Advocacy: Lessons Learned

This paper shares the story of the HEA Cohort’s efforts to live into its commitment to put race at the center of its health equity advocacy field-building work. It describes the rationale for centering race in health equity, the vision for the Cohort’s efforts on this front, the multi-level strategies the Cohort employed, Cohort progress within these levels, and the challenges and emerging lessons learned.

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Articles in Action

Centering Race in Health Equity Advocacy: Lessons Learned From, The Colorado Trust, A Health Equity Foundation Social Policy Research Associates  This paper shares the story of the HEA Cohort’s efforts to live into its commitment to put race at the center of its health equity advocacy field-building work. It describes the rationale for centering race in health equity, the vision for the Cohort’s efforts on this front, the multi-level strategies the Cohort employed, Cohort progress within these levels, and the challenges and emerging lessons learned. 50 Actions Your Organization Can Take After Posting about BLM By Vanessa Douyon, 54 Promises This list is intended

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Step Forward Podcast

The Step Forward podcast is a limited series dedicated to providing space for deep conversations about anti-Black Racism in Ontario and beyond. This series, hosted by Kondwani Mwase is a collaboration spearheaded by the Ontario AIDS Network, produced by 54Lights podcast. Throughout the series, we’ll be speaking with Black leaders from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. While each conversation will be unique, these discussions will explore and reflect on a single question: To what extend does white dominant culture and white supremacy impede the HIV public health response?

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Reconciliation in Action Resources

We invite you to explore the resources below. Throughout the year, the OAN will update this page with additional resources and digital communications to support members in embedding Reconciliation work in their organizations. Stay tuned… Suggested Resources for Basic Self-Education Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future – Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada What We Have Learned – Principles of Truth and Reconciliation, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada The

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Video Resources

THE COLOUR OF COVID-19 On February 9, 2021, the ACB Network of Waterloo Region hosted a live stream panel discussion. Ruth Cameron, Executive Director at ACCKWA, moderated this two-hour conversation with medical staff and healthcare professionals to explore questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations. Specifically, the panel spoke about the effects of the pandemic on racialized communities, health equity and anti-Black racism and what’s to come with vaccinations. #STIMULUSCONNECT PANEL: DEFUNDING POLICE Have you considered why most harm reduction and drug policy activists support the movement to Defund the Police? How are harm reduction philosophy, drug policy reform and the movement to defund

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Tools and Policy

Operationalizing Racial Justice in Non-Profit Organizations By Maggie Potapchuk, MP Associates Structural racism requires institutional support and cultural nurturing. The core of anti-racist work is to seek to recognize institutional bias and to make structural changes that are supported by policies and procedures that are accountable with outcomes of equity. Executive leaders, boards, managers, and supervisors must be taught to recognize that contemporary forms of racism exist and become familiar with the various forms that it takes in the lives of all staff and clients. They must become vigilant in learning and identifying what those issues are and how they are perpetuated in the

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We Can’t Talk about That at Work! A Guide for Bold, Inclusive Conversations

by Mary-Frances Winters | Apr 21, 2021 Politics, religion, race – we can’t talk about topics like these at work, right? But in fact, these conversations are happening all the time, either in real life or virtually via social media. And if they aren’t handled effectively, they can become more polarizing and divisive, impacting productivity, engagement, retention, teamwork, and even employees’ sense of safety in the workplace. But you can turn that around and address difficult topics in a way that brings people together instead of driving them apart. Once you’re ready to engage in bold, inclusive conversations (you can take the self-assessment included

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Our Future is Tied to Abolition

by Ruth Cameron | Apr 22, 2021 | BLM Reading Resources Here we are in April 2021, as COVID surges in its third wave across our province. Ontario community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, their staff, peers and volunteers continue with the profoundly fundamental work of supporting the over-policed working-class, and impoverished Black, Indigenous, homeless, disabled, communities most at risk for HIV, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, fatal opioid overdoses…and COVID-19. Like our partners in healthcare, shelters, and food banks we are exhausted, and deeply concerned by the widening inequality we observe as we do our work. We are being asked to continue administering care while

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