AIDS Saskatoon is the primary AIDS Service organization serving central and Northern Saskatchewan. We provide outreach, education, and support for people living with and affected by HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV).
When AIDS Saskatoon was incorporated in 1986 it was just a small office in downtown Saskatoon with staff and volunteers dedicated to providing support to people infected and affected by HIV. Almost three decades later, AIDS Saskatoon has grown into an organization with more staff, many volunteers and exceptional community support.
AIDS Saskatoon is a community-based, harm reduction organization, dedicated to providing support, prevention, and education services for people living with, affected by, and vulnerable to Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Hepatitis C (HCV). We are committed to a holistic, collaborative and inclusive approach in the work that we do with individuals, organizations, and communities.
Until there’s a cure for, and effective vaccine against HIV, our vision is that all people living with, affected by, and vulnerable to HIV:
- Get the care and support they need in a comfortable, accessible, and respectful setting.
- Are not discriminated against.
- Are able to make informed choices.
- Should have access to personal and community resources to prevent new HIV infections.
It is also our vision that individuals, groups, and organizations work together in holistic, collaborative, respectful, and inclusive ways to address the impacts of HIV in our communities.
Our Guiding Values
We meet people where they’re at because we value:
- All people have the right to participate in a community of mutual respect, compassion and dignity.
- We understand individual and community safety as encompassing a dynamic blend of physical, emotional and spiritual security.
- We accept, for better and for worse, that chaos is part of our world and choose to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.
- We believe in the nonjudgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who access our services, and the communities in which they live, in order to assist them in reducing harm.
- We believe all people have worth. We celebrate and embrace the richness of unique and diverse life experiences.
- We recognize that the compounded realities of poverty, classism, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination, and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability and capacity to deal with HIV/AIDS and other life challenges.
- We work to ensure that people who access our services routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.
- We are dedicated to building and sustaining meaningful and mutually beneficial connections with staff, volunteers, people who access services, board members, donors and community partners.
- We are open to ongoing learning, growth and change. We value capacity building at all levels for all stakeholders.