The Blueprint

7. Culture-, gender- and age -appropriate programs and services

When dealing with issues like sex, sexual orientation, relationships and substance use, one size does not fit all. For example:

  • young people need information appropriate to their age and stage of development
  • gay men respond best to initiatives that reflect gay culture
  • women need prevention and treatment services that take into account other issues they face (e.g., financial dependence, violence, abuse, pregnancy and reproduction issues)
  • people from different ethnocultural and ethnoracial groups needs services that are sensitive to their cultural values and beliefs
  • programs and services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people must "first and foremost, show respect and honour for all Aboriginal beliefs, practices and customs" and reflect the "pride and dignity that Aboriginal heritage demands."37

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. Strengthening Ties -- Strengthening Communities. An Aboriginal Strategy on HIV/AIDS in Canada. 2003.

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