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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 values and guiding principles

Gender equity/equality

The CPPN is committed to making gender equity a priority. Women, trans, and gender-non-binary / gender-queer, intersex, and

2-Spirit persons for whom CPPN membership is especially encouraged.

We acknowledge that people living with HIV and HIV coinfections are entitled to fair treatment and consideration that respects individuals’ needs and priorities regardless of gender or gender-identity.

The CPPN is committed to working with and representing all people living with HIV and HIV co-infections, safeguarding against all gender-based bias, and ensuring that everyone benefits equally from the CPPN’s efforts to contribute to the improvement, protection, and promotion of their health and social well-being and quality of life. 

Equity, diversity, inclusion

The CPPN is committed to making equity, diversity, and inclusion a priority by proactively engaging communities that are most impacted by HIV and HIV co-infections and to representing the needs of diverse communities of Canadians living with HIV and HIV co-infections.

CPPN membership is especially encouraged for people from key "priority populations", including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • People who use or used drugs ​
  • People with different abilities/people with disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Ethnocultural communities, including immigrants, migrants and refugees, and foreign-born, non-status persons who reside in Canada
  • Gay men and other men who have sex with men
  • People engaged in the sale, trade or purchase of sex
  • People living in or recently released from correctional facilities
  • Transgender people
  • Youth
  • "Consumer-survivors" of mental health and wellness issues
  • People who identify as women and/or girls

The CPPN recognizes that other people and/or groups and other emerging "priority populations" may be unrepresented and/or under-served (e.g., people who live in rural areas, people who live in remote northern communities, long-term survivors and people who are aging). CPPN membership is also encouraged for people from these "priority populations." 


The CPPN acknowledges that people living with HIV and HIV co-infections represent unique perspectives and diverse and often marginalized lived/living experiences that contribute to knowledge, awareness and understanding that can and does contribute to ending ignorance, intolerance, stigma and discrimination.

The CPPN is committed to proactively working with and representing all people living with HIV and HIV co-infections, members of key priority and/or often marginalized populations regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, age, religion or religious affiliation or non-affiliation, sex, sexual identity or sexual orientation, cultural heritage or country-of-origin, profession or vocation, or personal identity with community to

guide the ongoing priorities and activities of the Network. 

Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and Communities

The CPPN acknowledges that what is known as Canada today is defined by its present-day, geo-political boundaries; both Indigenous peoples to this land and settlers now live on and share the soil of this nation.

As persons living with HIV and HIV co-infections, and as members of a Network that spans Canada, we stand in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters whose communities are highly impacted by the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics because of this country’s colonial past. The CPPN is committed to working to end these epidemics collaboratively and in culturally-respectful ways.


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