The Commitment

the commitment

Our vision describes a realistic, credible future for all Canadians and, for those who share an uncompromising commitment to achieve this future, it is the drive behind the desire to coordinate our efforts and lead together.

Our mission articulates the rationale for an "all Canada"; HIV/AIDS strategy. It highlights the commitment to a higher-level purpose required to develop an effective, broad, multi-sectoral response to the epidemic.

Our response to HIV is based on key common values. These values identify what is important to all stakeholders involved in Canada's HIV/AIDS response, and they serve as a basis for identifying, assessing and implementing the required strategies.

Vision: the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is in sight.

Canada is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS at home and around the world. The rights and dignities of people living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS are recognized, respected and promoted. People living with and vulnerable to HIV are partners in shaping the policies and programs that affect their lives. They have access to high-quality effective services that meet their needs, and their health and well-being is enhanced. The racism, discrimination, poverty, and homelessness that fuel the epidemic have been reduced or eliminated.

Mission:

  • To champion the needs and rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and people at risk.
  • To work collaboratively to respond effectively and lead the fight against HIV/AIDS at home and abroad.
  • To act boldly and strategically to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Values:

Our response to HIV/AIDS reflects the broader values of Canadian society:

  • Social Justice. All members of our society should be treated fairly, have their basic needs met, have access to the same services, and have opportunities to participate.
  • Human Rights. All people, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, culture, gender or risk behaviour, are important, and their human rights -- including their economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights -- should be recognized, respected and promoted. Not one life is expendable. We recognize the dignity and worth of each person.
  • Diversity. We recognize, respect and value individual and cultural differences and diversity.
  • Participation and Empowerment. We support the participation of all, especially people living with HIV and the most disadvantaged. We strive to create an environment that empowers people to make healthy choices.
  • Global Responsibility. As citizens of a caring and affluent nation, we have a responsibility to contribute our fair share of resources to international efforts to promote health and well-being.
  • Mutual Accountability. Lives are at stake, and our resources must be used wisely. We are committed to creating an environment in which we hold one another accountable for our collective ability to use our resources effectively to make a substantial, positive difference in people's lives and achieve our goals.

Goals:

to the year 2010, we will pursue four main goals. All four goals are intricately linked. The second and third goals are a continuum:

  1. Reduce the social inequities, stigma and discrimination that threaten people's health and well-being.
  2. Prevent the spread of HIV.
  3. Provide timely, safe and effective diagnosis, care, treatment and support for all people living in Canada with HIV/AIDS.
  4. Contribute to global efforts to fight the epidemic and find a cure.