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. Its members have agreed to operate in accordance with the following principles:
• IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PHA’s
Our decisions and actions are informed by our commitment to an improved quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS and for others affected by HIV/AIDS. They have the right to protection against discrimination, to treatment options, to social, physical, and sexual integration into society, and to life experiences consistent with previous patterns of living.
As person-centered, community-based organizations, we assert human dignity in the context of HIV/AIDS and the right of an individual to self-determination. We particularly endorse the right of people living with HIV/AIDS to control their destinies and to work in partnership in determining the course of the OAN. By sharing power and ensuring quality of access to resources, we work to become equals.
Both among member groups and individuals, we acknowledge, honour, and celebrate our diversity; be that diversity in gender, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, colour, language, or length of tenure in the OAN. Everyone has a seat and everyone is heard. We agree to deal with diversity sensitively and respectfully. We also advocate for support and information that is personally meaningful and respectful of particular cultural and socio-economic experience. We also advocate for support and information that is sex-positive, gay-positive, and non-judgmental concerning injection drug use.
OAN meetings create a community in which all members experience a sense of belonging, friendship and commonality of purpose. We support each other by endeavoring to create a safe space, to validate our experience, to relate to each other openly, and to share our vulnerabilities.