Peetanacoot Nenakawekapo

Western Region

Peetanacoot Nenakawekapo is Anishinaabe and from the Wolf clan. She is a Two-Spirit person and a Trans woman from Skownan, Manitoba, who now resides in Winnipeg. She is also known as Winnie Sunshine.

Peetanacoot has been living with HIV for over 23 years. She was inspired by her partner Gordon, who passed away from an HIV-related illness in 1999, to be active in community-based HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

Peetanacoot feels empowered by her community and wishes to empower others. An advocate for PHAs, Peetanacoot has volunteered her services for over 20 years.  Locally, Peetanacoot served as a board member for the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force, Mama Wiwichiitata, and Village Clinic. Village Clinic joined with other agencies to form Nine Circles Community Health Centre (NCCHC). NCCHC provides care for PHAs, and has employed Peetanacoot since 2004.

Peetanacoot has been a participant in the Kitchen Table meetings as part of Kan Ni Kaniichhihk, Inc.; Aboriginal Women Responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis, which developed an Aboriginal Medicine Bundle for HIV/AIDS speakers. Also, Peetanacoot is an Indigenous Traditional Person and is involved in numerous ceremonies.

Nationally, Peetanacoot serves on the board of CATIE, and has also been the Manitoba Representative for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) from 2003 to 2015. She has been a committee member of National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS since 2005 to present.

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