James Ward was Indigenous X host from November 21 to November 28.
Five questions to James Ward
For us during the last five years a higher rate of HIV diagnosis has occurred among First Peoples of this land compared to non-Indigenous people, with higher rates of diagnosis occurring among our women and among our people who inject drugs – as well as elevated rates among men who have sex with men.
We need to turn this around to prevent a major escalation in HIV among our population. This has happened in Canada among First Nations peoples, and there is no reason why it can’t happen here. Harnessing the community, getting people to be informed and educated about HIV and getting the yarn going again is a successful plank of prevention. Unfortunately in recent years this has fallen off the agenda. IndigenousX provides an opportunity to raise awareness in our communities about HIV in the lead up to the first ever HIV Awareness Week being held from the 28th November to the 5th December. Look out for events, new stories social media and get yourself and your mob informed and raise awareness in your community about HIV.
But I also care about the widening gap between the “haves and have-nots” in our society; no where more evident than in a place like Alice Springs, with surrounding remote communities. Our environment and the massive changes that are required of it because of changing climate matters to me a lot too. Finally I am concerned about the micro and macro assaults that First Peoples of this country are expected take on a daily basis both as a collective and as individuals through ignorance, racism, stereotyping or tokenism.