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.
Geriatric care is one of six program and service areas focused on after the ROARS (Review of Acute and Rehabilitation Services) review of 1998. A committee was developed with the mandate to support and enhance the current system of older adult care, and to articulate a vision for an integrated, anticipatory model of future services built on existing programs.