The Gathering Tree is a beautifully illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS. Written by award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie and co-author Constance Brissenden, it is a gentle, positive story of a First Nations family facing HIV. After eleven-year-old Tyler and his younger sister Shay-Lyn learn their favourite cousin Robert has HIV, they discover that knowledge brings understanding and self-awareness. Aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health are addressed.
The study had three objectives:
1. to identify the common self-care problems encountered by individuals with AIDS who are living at home
2. to describe the types of support that individuals with AIDS receive at home
3. to identify issues that need be addressed by home support programs for clients with AIDS.
National Health Research and Development Program NHRDP Project No. 6610-1579 Final Report