North of 60 was one of the first Canadian TV shows to talk about the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the prejudice at the time, the other show being Degrassi High (a spin-off of Degrassi Junior High). North of 60 was praised for its portrayal of Nevada, a male prostitute who had contracted HIV/AIDS after having gotten involved with prostitution as a runaway minor, and the show raised awareness of an arising problem in Canada during the 1990's, that of First Nations youth getting involved with prostitution and sex trafficking to survive in big cities like Vancouver. The show also addressed anti-gay prejudices and anti-Indigenous prejudices connected with HIV/AIDS.
... Poor Gerry, eh? They took his house... his money... you win, alright? How does it feel to be a winner?