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Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)

Réseau canadien des personnes séropositives (RCPS)

"Equalize" for Equity and Access

« Égaliser » pour l’équité et l’accès »

In Quebec City in July 2022, Pope Francis called upon authorities and diplomats to "promot[e] the legitimate rights of the indigenous populations and to favour processes of healing and reconciliation between them and the non-indigenous people of the country." He acknowledged that Canada's residentials schools represented a "tragic example of 'cancel culture'". The CPPN stands in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and we share the Pope's affirmation 'decrying' this country's genocide of our Indigenous Peoples.

À Québec, en juillet 2022, le pape François a appelé les autorités et les diplomates à « [promouvoir] les droits légitimes des populations autochtones et à favoriser les processus de guérison et de réconciliation entre elles et les non-autochtones du pays ». Il a reconnu que les pensionnats destinés aux enfants autochtones du Canada représentaient un « exemple tragique de « cancel culture ». Le RCPS est solidaire de nos frères et sœurs autochtones, et nous partageons l’affirmation du pape « dénonçant » le génocide de nos peuples autochtones par ce pays.

Our Story

With, By, and For People Living with HIV and HIV Co-infections Across Canada


In 2015, the Canadian GNP+NA Board of Directors, in response to notice from Corporations Canada regarding compliance rules and the new Canadian Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (the Act), agreed that making required changes under the Act also represented a timely opportunity for the CPPN’s official (and legal) formation. Through an Article of Continuance process, the CPPN would become independent of GNP+NA and incorporate as a legally independent Canadian organization. Incorporation was complete and the CPPN received its “Certificate of Continuance” under the Act on July 15, 2015.

The CPPN’s genesis and foundation answered a call from people living with HIV and HIV co-infections, and from representatives of diverse 'priority populations' and 'target audiences' for a national, independent network of, by and for people living with HIV and HIV co-infections from across Canada. Its incremental growth and effectiveness relies on respect for its history and a forward-thinking development and implementation approach that is responsive and collaborative. The CPPN also traces its roots back to the Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America (or GNP+NA).


Since the CPPN’s formation, and for years prior, people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada have repeatedly highlighted anecdotal and experiential evidence that underscores a social and public health imperative to ensure that the determinants of health which affect their well-being and quality of life every single day are addressed (tackled). Feedback obtained from surveys and from informal discussions with CPPN members have highlighted and confirmed the ongoing need to ensure that the public policy and programmatic response to HIV and HIV co-infections includes concentrated focus on systemic barriers to prevention, care, treatment and support, to research, and to knowledge translation and exchange.


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