Rod Michano

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Rod Michano
Birth name Toussaint Roderick Michano
Born (1964-04-19) April 19, 1964 (age 53)
Origin Pic River First Nation, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) educator, public speaker, social activist
Years active 1990–present (activist)
Website Official website

Rod Michano, (born Toussaint Roderick Michano, April 19, 1964 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a noted Canadian First Nations HIV/AIDS activist and educator.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation in Northern Ontario.[2][3][4]

Michano left Pic River at age 18, travelling extensively throughout the United States and Canada before coming to Toronto, Ontario[4] where he became active in many Aboriginal and LGBT community organizations. He began HIV/AIDS work and activism in 1990 and has since become a public speaker and educator. He has been involved in many grassroots initiatives that helped raise the profile of HIV/AIDS among Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people, and was featured in the 1997 documentary film Changing Faces of AIDS.[citation needed]

He resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was co-host of Toronto's 2007 AIDS Vigil.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Pustil, RonniLyn. "Doctor Who?". The Positive Side. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Talaga, Tanya (March 6, 2000). "First Nations face AIDS threat HIV spreads at alarming rate". Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Spiritual healing soothes ravaged body". Toronto Star. p. A.7. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Greer, Darren (August 2, 2004). "A 'Second Plague': Why AIDS is on the rise among Aboriginal people". Maclean's. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 

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