Statement of Principles

The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) is a network of community-based organizations which were formed as a grass-roots response to needs for AIDS services and information. The OAN is grounded by the following key principles:

Greater Involvement and Meaningful Engagement of People with HIV/AIDS (GIPA/MEPA)

The OAN is a signatory to the Ontario Accord and commits to GIPA/MEPA. The lived experience of people living with, and vulnerable to, HIV drives and informs our activities and is the central focus of our work.

Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Stigma

OAN acknowledges and celebrates our diversity which includes: gender, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, ethnicity, immigration status and country of origin. We are committed to removing barriers that impede access to information and services. We train our staff and members to be sensitive and respectful to the needs of people from all backgrounds. We advocate for support and information that is personally meaningful and respectful of each person’s particular culture and socio-economic experience, is sex-positive, gay-positive and non-judgmental concerning injection drug use. We make accommodations to serve the specific needs of our diverse population. Those living with and affected by HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination in many aspects of their lives. The OAN will ensure that its members have the necessary tools, services and programs that will combat stigma and end discrimination.

Harm Reduction

OAN promotes and supports harm reduction strategies throughout our work. We build capacity and advocate for programs and services that reduce the health and social harms associated with sexual and drug-use practices. We respect individual rights and choices around drug use and seek to provide services that promote well-being of individuals.

Accountability and Transparency

The OAN is accountable to its stakeholders and operates in a transparent manner. We are responsive to the needs of our members, report on our actions and communicate regularly with our members.

The Ontario Accord

Because GIPA/MIPA is about human struggles and aspirations, ethics, empowerment and accountability are its foundation.”