Programming Connection

Around the Kitchen Table 

Chee Mamuk Aboriginal Program, BC Centre for Disease Control
British Columbia

Required Resources

Human resources

The skills and experience of the Project Coordinator are critical to the success of this project. It is preferable that the Project Coordinator be Aboriginal, but if this is not possible, she does need to demonstrate: 

  • Ability to provide culturally competent services to Aboriginal people
  • Experience working with Aboriginal women in rural, remote and urban areas

The Project Coordinator also must demonstrate:

  • Experience working in the HIV/AIDS field
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage time effectively
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Initiative and willingness to work collaboratively with others

The instructors who facilitate the ATKT training must demonstrate:

  • Extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities
  • Credibility related to their work with Aboriginal communities
  • Expertise in the area of HIV, hepatitis and STIs
  • Sound instructional skills, utilizing a variety of instructional techniques that are both interactive and engaging
  • One instructor with a nursing background is also beneficial

Professional and Volunteer Facilitators:

To run ATKT in a community it collectively takes approximately 150 hours.

The two community facilitators must be:

  • Women from the local community
  • Professionals in a related field (i.e., a community health representative, nurse, counselor or social worker)
  • Comfortable speaking openly and in confidence about sexuality and HIV/AIDS with members of the community

The two volunteer community facilitators must be:

  • Respected and influential women from the local community
  • Comfortable speaking openly and in confidence about sexuality and HIV/AIDS with members of the community

The community elder(s) or cultural people must be:

  • Respected and influential people from the local community
  • Knowledgeable in various local traditional activities and able to teach facilitators and participants in these traditions

Material resources

  • Training binders
  • Table charts
  • Promotional materials such as posters, stickers, postcards, magnets, t-shirts and shawls that have the project logo on them
  • Visual aids for both training and workshops
  • Materials for cultural activities engaged in during training and workshop
  • Meals and refreshments for training and workshops

Financial resources

Rather than having to request funds from Chee Mamuk to pay for expenses, each community is offered $2,500 in “seed funds” to cover food, cultural activity materials and other expenses to get the project off the ground in their communities. Some sample costs of materials follow:

Funding the communities

Each community is allocated $2,500 in seed funds to implement ATKT. These funds cover the costs of food and any materials needed for session activities. While historically Chee Mamuk distributed half of the funds prior to training and half of the funds halfway through the implementation of ATKT, in future they will distribute funds after each community has developed a budget and community implementation plan, which occurs after training is completed. Each community decides who will be responsible for the budget and reporting on the expenditures.

Other funding for Chee Mamuk is required to print the training binders, table charts and promotional materials (approximately $7,500), to hire a Project Coordinator and to fund the four-day training, including participants’ travel expenses (approximately $80,000).