A report on Valerie Nicholson’s presentation “Strong leadership building strong communities: The many masks of resilience”.
A very interesting first day at the 2018 Australasian conference in Sydney. I was moved by the words of Valerie Nicholson, Chair of the Board of Directors Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. Her talk highlighted the effects of colonisation on first peoples throughout the world. The experiences of the Canadian first peoples echoes that of Australia’s first people. Canada has seen a rise in the incidence of HIV among its First Nation people, especially in regional areas. Now we are beginning to see a similar trend in Australia especially in northern Queensland.