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An invitation to Courageous Conversations around drug use

Castlegar Fentanyl Opioid Working Group co-hosting online events this Wednesday and next.

First Nations Health Authority Indigenous educators are offering a free virtual community education series starting this week called Courageous Conversations.

If you want to learn more about the overdose crisis in British Columbia and about substance use, harm reduction, and reducing stigma, then this two-part educational series is for you. This event is geared to local community members, service providers, and civic leaders who want to learn about reducing stigma, substance use, and harm reduction from an Indigenous lens.

This First Nations Health Authority event is a collaboration with ANKORS, the Castlegar Fentanyl Opioid Working Group, and the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society.

This two-part event is on Sept. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There are door prizes offered for each date. This is a free virtual event with no pre-registration needed. There will be a 100-person limit.

The first session on Wednesday is called “Educating on the Toxic Drug Supply to Save Lives”.

The second session next week is called “Teachings from People with Lived Experience about Drug Use.”

Here is the zoom link for both events (passcode: 808095):

For peers/people with lived and living experience of substance use, reach out to REDUN for support to attend:

For support around substance use/harm reduction call ANKORS at 250-505-5506.

Or contact your doctor, a walk-in clinic, or call Mental Health and Substance Use at: 310-MHSU (6478).