In 2020, Elder Sandy Laframboise generously started work with AIDS Vancouver in our efforts to fully respect, welcome, and support Indigenous people within our community. This is one part of the organization's work to create space for Indigenous leadership and meet the needs of Indigenous people impacted by HIV.
Sandra (Sandy) Laframboise is an Algonquin/Cree-Métis person. Sandra is a recognized Two Spirit Spiritual leader who has been actively practicing in the Vancouver area for 30 years. Her ceremonial rites were received through the Pot Latch ceremonies. Sandra's broad experiences has brought her to lead ceremonies throughout North America and Continental Europe, most recently, leading ceremonies in Devon England. She has presented posters on HIV and transgendered people in Switzerland and in South Africa, lectured at Queens University of Belfast and also in Plymouth Devon, Alaska where she co presented some research on Hepatitis C. In her life Sandra has been an advocate since 1971 for the LGBT Community rights and specifically for Transgender Rights and inclusion at all levels of Social Health and Justice. She has numerous published articles on transgendered issues effecting changes through public policy committees in Canada. Sandra is also a researcher, a colloborator and conference presenter on numerous projects as an Elder, a Knowledge Keeper, and a Transgender person in dealing with HIV and Hepatitis C.