World AIDS Day Voices of Women Gathering and Candlelight Vigil Reimagined



Date: December 1, 2021 (World AIDS Day)

Time (Updated): 2- 4 PM

Location: Vancouver AIDS Memorial Wall, Sunset Beach (Beach Ave and Jervis St), Vancouver

Many have experienced a heightened sense of loss, isolation and frustration over the past two years. The COVID pandemic, the overdose crisis, ongoing inaction on Truth and Reconciliation, increased racism and blatant displays of hate are just some contributing factors. People need an opportunity to come together in peace and reflection, and to honour those we’ve lost during our struggles.

In 1983, the Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial was borne of the same emotions impacting the world today and it became an integral part of the healing process for HIV community. Candlelight Vigil Reimagined is a new take on an historic theme, and its scope extends beyond HIV/AIDS this year. The new Vigil aims to connect our greater community through mutual support and respect of our shared hardships.

This year, we share our event space and spirit with Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network’s VOW standing committee. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear their stories and to take part in their ceremony. VOW has graciously opened their gathering to all—starting at 2 PM, before the Vigil begins at 3 PM.

AIDS Vancouver, Dr. Peter Centre, Health Initiative for Men, Heart of Richmond, McLaren Housing Society, Pacific AIDS Network, Qmunity, VOW and YouthCO proudly invite everyone to join in the healing:


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