USask receives $2M grant to tackle HIV, Hep C among SK First Nations

January 3, 2018

The University of Saskatchewan has received a $2M grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to bolster a program that aims to tackle HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases among Saskatchewan First Nation groups. USask researcher Stuart Skinner explained that the Know Your Status program integrates western medicine and traditional Indigenous knowledge, and that it aims to expand local doctors' knowledge and ability to treat infectious diseases. The five-year project involves 50 people, about half of whom are Indigenous community members, chiefs, and persons who have personally experienced infections. “This is their program,” said Skinner. “The communities themselves, the leaders and the people who are affected are the ones who design the program, design the treatment, and we're just following what they want us to do.” CBC