Category: Community News

Via the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network  Dear National Partners: I am reaching out to invite your organization to endorse a joint open letter to Minister of Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef, calling on her to include sex workers in the COVID-19 response. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, one of the allied group members of… Read more »

We’re happy to introduce Katsistohkwí:io Jacco, who has recently joined the Making it Work Research Project as Research Trainee. Katsistohkwí:io is currently completing her Masters in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood at the University of Victoria. Read the Meet the People at PAN series.   What first piqued your interest in the… Read more »

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is offering one-time funding to community-based organizations (CBOs) in British Columbia to support their response to COVID-19. PHSA acknowledges that CBOs face various challenges to offering programming and services during a pandemic. The total amount of funds available is $700,000. The maximum that will be awarded per application is… Read more »

PAN statement on Racism 

  We oppose anti-Black racism, and strongly condemn all acts of anti-Black discrimination and violence. We acknowledge that racism towards Black people and other people of colour has not ended, but continues to exist and create harm every day. We stand in solidarity with Black communities everywhere. Racism – individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural –… Read more »

Support Local Black-led Organizations

via PIVOT, reprinted with permission The last two weeks we have seen an upsurge of support for Pivot’s Criminalization & Police Accountability work. People are moved to act by the uprising for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop and Breonna Taylor and countless Black people murdered by law enforcement. In… Read more »

A new website and initiative called The Positive Effect, jointly sponsored by the CIHR Centre for REACH 3.0 and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), has now launched at www.positiveeffect.org/. The Positive Effect site and initiative showcases and highlight stories, experiences, and reflections of people living with HIV, as well as those who work… Read more »

CHIWOS Scholar Awards

Call for Applications The Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) is pleased to announce this special call for the CHIWOS Scholar Awards with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN). This unique funding opportunity will support training and mentorship opportunities for emerging academic scholars who are interested in building their capacity… Read more »

Substance Use News May 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 »

Webinar: The Hepatitis C Leadership Project

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020  Time: 10 AM The Hepatitis C Leadership Project is about modelling and developing the leadership skills and knowledge of people with lived experience of hepatitis C in BC. This webinar is an opportunity to hear from some members of the project’s advisory committee that is predominantly led by peers. Topics will… Read more »

Via the Canadian Health Coalition Over 185 organizations from across Canada released a joint statement calling on the federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare as part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement is supported by a diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors, patients, and the business community… Read more »

With people returning to workplaces in BC’s Restart Plan, employers and workers alike may be wondering what this means going forward. Below you’ll find a few things to consider for the weeks and months ahead.*  We suggest PAN members consult the Restart Plan, the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 resources, and Work Safe BC… Read more »