Join us on Jan 10, 2019 for this critically important session on the Opioid Public Health Emergency and its impact on Indigenous peoples in BC. We welcome back Andrea Medley from the First Nations Health Authorities’ Indigenous Wellness Team, as well as Indigenous partner organizations working in harm reduction, who will hold discussion on:
- The stigma experienced by Indigenous people who use substances
- The importance of peer involvement and share ways Indigenous communities can respond to this crises
- How people can work together in a panel discussion
Thank you for everyone’s interest and participation,
this session’s Video is now available for viewing!
Session Resources mentioned:
- Multidiciplinary Association for Psychedelic Sciences (MAPS) – https://www.mapscanada.org/about
- WAHRS – http://wahrs.ca/
- The Foundry – https://foundrybc.ca/
- YouthCo – youthco.org
- Vancouver Coastal Health Needle Clean Up – 604-657-6561
- Waichay frriendship Center (Courtney area) – https://www.wachiay.org/
- Sasamans Society – http://www.sasamans.ca/
Meet our Guest Presenters:
Andrea Medley, Andrea Medley is from the Haida Nation of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Health Sciences/Gerontology, she has worked in public and Aboriginal health in a variety of capacities, from health policy to community outreach. She is currently a member of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network’s National Aboriginal Research Advisory Committee. Andrea has been honoured to work with the First Nations Health Authority since 2014, and is thrilled about her role as Indigenous Wellness Educator on the Indigenous Wellness team, which designs culturally relevant curriculum and workshops that promote healthy sexuality and harm reduction with First Nations communities. Andrea is passionate about health promotion, harm reduction, traditional healing, and sexual health education, and brings her experience as a community member, learner, and volunteer to this educator position.
Other participating panel members with their job titles:
- Patrick Smith, Program Director, Culture Saves Lives
- Shelda Kastor, Secretary & Board Member, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS)
- Cassidy Cote, Provincial Outreach Educator-Ham Reduction, Yúusnewas Program, YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society
How to use Naloxone
Check out these links to learn more about naloxone and how to administer it:
- Where can I get a Naloxone Kit?
- Toward the Heart: Overdose Survival Guide (PDF)
- Toward the Heart: Naloxone quick-learn
- Toward the Heart: How to Use Naloxone Video
- BC Pharmacists: Naloxone Brochure (PDF)
If you witness an overdose call 911 immediately and remember the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose. Learn more here.