The Quilt symbolizes the HIV movement
The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt serves as a living memory of the almost 25,000 Canadians who have died of AIDS-related causes.
As such, it is also a vivid reminder of the significant progress we have made over the past 30 years … and of the ongoing challenge that we collectively face as we make headway towards ultimately eradicating HIV from the face of the earth.
Inspired by the U.S. Quilt, the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt was born from the grassroots and symbolizes who we are as a movement: caring individuals who can make good things happen.
The Canadian AIDS Society is proud to preserve this legacy and, through this web site, make the Quilt more accessible and more visible to the public than ever before.
We have completely re-designed www.quilt.ca to expand its storytelling capacity — including the ability to search and view individual panels.
As you explore the web site — and witness the touching displays of various quilt panels and the poignant story behind each one — we hope that you will share our respect and admiration for the thousands of Canadians who were, and remain, affected by HIV.
We believe that the Quilt must remain a living memory for generations to come — that their lives and their contributions should be remembered and celebrated in ways that honour their struggles for their right to be heard, to be treated and to live and die with dignity.
It is an inspiration for us all. Let us keep their memory alive.
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