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The Gathering of Spirits: Canadian Women, Trans People and Girls’ HIV Research Collaborative (Gathering of Spirits) was formed in April 2011, at an ancillary event held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Canadian Conference for HIV Research (CAHR 2011). The event brought together over 130 people living with HIV, researchers, representatives of community-based organizations, frontline service providers, funders and policymakers from Canada’s five regions, including rural, remote and Northern areas (see: Towards the Development of a Coordinated National Research Agenda for Women and HIV/AIDS in Canada).
In order to sustain a national dialogue on research after the end of the 1.5 day meeting, the participants decided to form the “Gathering of Spirits: Canadian Women, Transpeople and Girls’ HIV Research Collaborative.” Open to anyone who has an interest in related issues, the collaborative seeks to create opportunities for dialogue, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills, and to allow diverse stakeholders to work together to ensure that research effectively includes and meets the needs of women, trans people and girls who are living with HIV, as well as their families and their communities.
Mission, Mandate, Values and Structure of the Collaborative
Here is a document outlining our mission, mandate, values and structure:
Gathering of Spirits-Mission, Mandate, Values and Structure-February 2012.pdf
Please note that this is a living document, which can be modified as new issues and priorities arise.
In order to fulfill its mission, Gathering of Spirits is involved in the following activities:
Updates to members: Members of the collaborative are sent email updates every two months. These updates include information about the work of the Gathering of Spirits Collaborative and its Working Groups and committees. Updates also include information about resources and events related to research with and for women, trans people, girls and HIV in Canada.
To be added to the Gathering of Spirits mailing list, please send an email to email@example.com
Working Groups: We are currently setting up Working Groups in these four key priority areas:
The Gathering of Spirits: Canadian Women, Trans People and Girls’ HIV Research Collaborative. © Canadian AIDS Society. Published 02/28/2012. Updated 02/29/2012. Web. Retrieved 06/19/2013 from http://www.cdnaids.ca/the-gathering-of-spirits-canadian-women-trans-people-and-girls-hiv-research-collaborative