Strong Voices


The Strong Voices Program is a culturally informed outreach and support program. Our goal is to build wellness through cultural knowledge, participation and identity, while reducing risk and addressing immediate needs for Indigenous communities.

Strong Voices engages Indigenous communities along a path of wellness and healing through support services for people experiencing risk such as homelessness, substance use, mental health concerns, isolation, lack of access to support and care.

We Offer:

  • Cultural counselling
  • Access to Elders, sweatlodge ceremony, and other traditional practices
  • Case management
  • Crisis support
  • Referrals to health, basic needs, employment, and other resources
  • Free harm reduction supplies

Eligibility:

  • Self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis
  • Adults, independent youth and families

Strong Voices Community Engagement and Outreach

Our program provides community-level outreach and case management (including access to Elders) for Indigenous people. In addition, this program meets clients in the community which assures easier access to our resources by removing transportation barriers. We increase outreach by participating in Indigenous community events around Calgary.

Check out our graphic novel series: Strong Voices: Stories of Struggle and Strength Living with HIV

Strong Voices FAQ

Can I eat with my relatives who are living with HIV?

Yes – HIV cannot live outside the body, and it cannot be passed through saliva or skin contact. There is no risk of HIV in this situation.

Can my relative, who is living with HIV, cook meals?

Yes – HIV cannot live outside the body, and it cannot be passed through saliva or skin contact.  There is no risk of HIV in this situation.

How long will my relative, who is HIV positive, live?

A person living with HIV can live a full life as long as they are taking care of themselves, living a healthy lifestyle and taking their medications consistently.

Can my relative, who is living with HIV, hold my baby?

Yes. HIV cannot live outside the body, and it cannot be passed through saliva or skin contact.  There is no risk of HIV in this situation.

How do we get our medications? Do we pay for our medications?

In Alberta, HIV medication is covered by provincial health insurance. For Inuit and First Nations people, Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefit program (NIHB) also provides some coverage for HIV and related treatments.

People living with HIV can get treatment from the Southern Alberta Clinic located at the Sheldon Chumir in Calgary, Alberta.

My relative passed away from HIV, is it safe to move into their house?

Yes, HIV cannot live outside the body, and it cannot live on surfaces.

Strong Voices is guided, led by and designed for the Indigenous community here in Alberta. Our focus is on moving along a path of wellness and healing.

For referrals and more information contact the Strong Voices – Aboriginal Program Coordinator:
W: (403) 508-2500 ext. 115 or Cell: (403) 554-8202
Email: strongvoices@hivcl.org
Find us on Facebook: @StrongVoicesCalgary