Identifying as Two-Spirit, with a mother of Ojibwe heritage and a father of English heritage, Trevor is a quiet, shy individual – with a very public role in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
The unfortunate truth is that many of the people being disproportionately affected by HIV are those who live within First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in Canada.
“An Elder on my reserve once told me that they believed I would go on to take up a public position and share my story on the global stage in the fight against HIV and AIDS. I wasn’t sure if I was the right person for the job. Having expressed my anxieties around this with my Elder, the response I received back was, ‘Who else can do it better than you?’ And then said, ‘If you can’t think of anybody, then you’re the one that’s supposed to be doing it.’ My Elder’s words have stayed with me ever since that day.”
Today, Trevor is an activist, volunteer, and consultant on the global stage in the fight to end HIV and AIDS. He is the Coordinator for the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), a Board Member of the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+), the President of the Board of 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations in Toronto. He had the distinguished honour of being only one of two North American delegates in the NGO Delegation on the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of UNAIDS.