Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Substance Use News: June 2020

Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working to support folks who use substances. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. With the added layer of the coronoavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened… Read more »

CHIWOS Scholar Awards: Priority Call

We, at the Women and HIV Research Program (WHRP) and WHRP’s largest project, CHIWOS, acknowledge that systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence exist in Canada and have been pervasive since the land was colonized. WHRP and CHIWOS were founded on and are grounded in anti-oppressive, social justice, and community-based frameworks. However, we recognize that academic institutions,… Read more »

This post comes to us via ANKORS, a PAN member group that operates in the Interior region. Learn more about their work. In 2016, British Columbia declared a public health emergency, due to the alarming increase in overdose deaths in the province. While targeted responses have been implemented at provincial, regional, and local levels and… Read more »

Summit 2020: November 4-6 In many ways, 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges that make us reconsider how we relate to each other as communities and individuals – and we’re only halfway through the year. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing overdose crisis, and police violence towards Black and Indigenous people within and beyond… Read more »

Beyond Blame at HIV2020 Online: Register Now

Beyond Blame: Challenging Criminalization for HIV Justice Worldwide Date: Wednesday July 8, 2020 Time: 6 AM Pacific time   Beyond Blame is a unique opportunity for both new and long-established activists to learn why HIV criminalization matters. Hear about the wide range of initiatives and strategies that have been used by activists around the world… Read more »

  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, PAN has been convening standing meetings with Executive Directors and program leads of our member and allied organizations – and at that table we repeatedly heard about the challenges in accessing safer supply across BC. Last week PAN sent a letter to Minister Dix (Minister of Health) and Minister… Read more »

Webinar: Indigenizing Federal Work in Prisons

From PASAN Join us on June 24, 2020 at 11 AM Pacific time (2:00 PM Easter time) for Indigenizing Federal Work, featuring Johnathan Peltier and Doris Peltier. They will speak to us about the importance of Indigenous Kinship for Families and their loved ones who are incarcerated and share their story with us! Join us… Read more »

The Dr. Peter Centre is creating a Community of Practice HUB for frontline service providers, health care professionals, and policymakers to build capacity in establishing and operating emergency shelters where people may need to use drugs and/or Urgent Public Health Need Sites (also known as Overdose Prevention Sites). To learn more or register for the… Read more »

  The horrific murder of George Floyd and countless others, including Tony McDade and Regis Korchinski-Paquet – and the explosion of protests and actions towards social justice in its wake – have led us at PAN to think more deeply about policing practices and their impacts. We, like many, have witnessed the impacts of policing… Read more »

We heard from community that there was a need for accessible, clear information about HIV to support front-line staff working in housing. So, adapting content originally published by CATIE, we have created a new module for the HIV Housing Toolkit to do just this! This new module “HIV Information for Housing Staff” is the ninth… Read more »

CBRC Webinar on New Testing Tech

Date: Thursday June 25, 2020 Time: 9:30 AM Presenters: Chris Draenos, Darren Ho, Community Based Research Centre After years of advocacy, Health Canada is expected to approve the first HIV self-test in the country over the coming weeks. As testing is the critical first step in HIV prevention, treatment, and care cascade, HIV self-testing will… Read more »