Two organizations in Montreal come together to raise awareness! ACCM and RÉZO launch an informative and positive awareness campaign on chemsex / PnP, which aims to educate and demystify drug use in the context of sexual practices within the LGBTQ+ and gender diverse communities -who are particularly affected-, as well as allies. Chemsex has been present in Montreal for several years and is part of our communities’ practices, and it can have impacts on mental as well as sexual health.
ACCM is Quebec’s only HIV and sexual health community organization that provides education for prevention, treatment information, and support services to anglophone and allophone communities. The voices of our members are central to ACCM’s guidance and we work in collaboration with our many communities to build a compassionate and caring response to HIV and hepatitis C.
ACCM wishes to acknowledge that the organization’s work is conducted on unceded Indigenous land. We proudly recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation as the custodians of the land and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke, commonly known as Montreal, is a historical gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present, and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
As a non-Indigenous org, ACCM acknowledges the historical and ongoing effects of colonialism in the HIV epidemic. Colonialism remains a key determinant of health for Indigenous Peoples as it produces social, political and economic inequalities that continue to impact all aspects of health and well-being.
We are committed to working in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, Nations, Communities and organizations and in continuing to develop mutually reciprocal partnerships and relationships. We are also committed to actively learning from Indigenous knowledge, lived experience and expertise, and continuing to unlearn colonial narratives. Reflection upon our practices is ongoing, and we aim for ACCM’s services, programming and advocacy to respond to the ongoing effects of colonialism, in particular in the inequalities experienced by Indigenous Peoples in health care and health outcomes today.
Join Flavio for a second time and release all the stress through sound emerging from a gong. Bring your own blanket if needed since this therapy requires being completely relaxed on the floor. Gong Baths…