Educators’ Roundtable: Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous People of BC


We look forward to welcoming you to the Educators’ Roundtable: Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous People of BC.

Date: Tuesday March 23 – Thursday March 25, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day

Registration is now closed.


About the Roundtable

This professional development event is for new and experienced community-based educators, health promotion workers, and harm reduction workers working in HIV, hepatitis C, and harm reduction in both substance use and sexuality. We will gather to share and promote culturally safe and effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and harm reduction education as we have in past years at the Educators’ Forums where we get together face to face. What’s obviously new this year is that we are getting together online instead of in person.

Because we are online this year, we have the program scheduled over three shorter days, and we’ve done this for a couple of reasons. First, we hope this helps build connections – picture yourself arriving with your coffee on day 3, and by-now familiar faces are showing up too. Second, we know that people are pulled in different directions, especially these days. A shorter event day can allow for people to fulfill other work commitments so they can be fully present at the Roundtable.

The program is a mix of cultural education and practical skills building, and we encourage you to attend as much of the programming as you are able to.


Building Community Together

We hope that everyone will come committed to create the kind of connections that happen at the face to face Educators’ Forum, which has always been an event where people talk about the meaningful relationships that develop as people share their work and learning.

We are gathering on Zoom and would like people to have their cameras on during interactive sections. In our experience from virtual events, we have learned that if participants don’t have their cameras on, other people at the event can feel they aren’t being listened to; that not everyone is “in the room”; and sometimes even feel that they are being watched by others. We understand that many people are working from home and may have concerns about privacy. However, we would like to work with you and can you show you ways to make your time on screen more private (eg, blurring background or changing background image). There is space on the registration form to note if you’d like our help.

We suggest you have Zoom set up on the computer you will use. It is free to install and set up an account. We understand that some people may not have a camera on their computer, however, we still ask for participation via microphone and/or chat to contribute to this community.

As with face to face events, we hope that attendees are open to:

  • talking together about material and stories from sessions
  • building connections in small group discussions
  • sharing with others about your work or work plans
  • reflecting on lessons learned in community

We also ask people to honour PAN’s Group Guidelines. Please review them before going to the registration page.

In exchange for this free learning opportunity, all attendees are expected to complete a short evaluation survey about their experiences immediately after the event, and another in 3-6 months time.


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Do I have to commit to all three days, or can I come and go for different events on different days?
Answer: We would love it if you were able to attend all the sessions on each of the three days, but we understand that people have other things going on as well so you can come to as much as you would like or as little as you’d like.

Question: I’m a frontline service provider, but I’m not technically an Educator, can I still attend?
Answer: Yes. We would value your participation.

Question: How much does it cost to attend?
Answer: It’s free, but we do ask you to complete the evaluation. This helps us with future planning.

Question: We want to attend as a group together in one office, is this allowed?
Answer: Yes. We ask that you let us know how many people are attending in your group, and that each individual person complete the evaluation. This is for reporting to our funder and planning future events.


Program details*

We would like to acknowledge Amanda Tallio, Daniel Sands, Alexis Hekker and Shelley Taylor for their assistance with helping to build this program. Their experience and knowledge with community-based work was a guiding star. Presenter biographies and full program download.


Day 1 – Tuesday March 23

9:00 AM Welcome, opening and territory acknowledgement with Aaron Nelson Moody

Overview of the next three days

10:00 AM Small group introductions
10:30 AM Comfort Break
11:00 AM

Awakening Connections

Presenter: Melanie Rivers, Indigenous mixed media artist, instructor, and Expressive Arts Therapist from the Squamish First Nation

Many of us think we aren’t creative. We don’t need to be skillful at art to access its medicines. Art is an incredibly powerful vehicle to express what can’t be said in words, a way to synthesize and capture an experience, transform stories, and find moments of peace and stillness. In this session, we will explore the ‘medicines’ art and creativity have to offer as a way to ground and process. No art experience is needed!! I’ll share my story with art, my experience working in HIV/AIDS education and policy (yes, as far back as 1998!), as well as teachings from my culture around how a creative experience can be medicine for us. For the session, bring a few items that you have around your house or land around you that resonate for you or have special meaning— plants, stones, feather, candle, red ribbon, book, special piece of jewelry….. First, we will create a collective ‘installation’ with items on my desk and then I’ll walk you through creating your own individual installations. We will be guided by the themes of awakening, connection and the land itself. I look forward to meeting you virtually and spending a bit of creative time together. This will be a nourishing activity and an opportunity to integrate and process experiences from this past year.

12:30 PM Large group check in, wrap up


Day 2 – Wednesday March 24

9:00 AM Welcome
9:30-10:30 AM

Practical tools and tips for providing workshops in an online format

Presenters: Rachel MacLean, Canadian Public Health Association and Becky van Tassel, Centre for Sexuality

During this interactive session, we will be discussing some practical tips and strategies to utilize your existing training and education focused on sexual health, harm reduction and stigma reduction to create safe and engaging online learning for health and social service professionals. We will also be sharing some resources developed by the Canadian Public Health Association and the Centre for Sexuality that you can integrate into your online learning or use to initiate online learning with professionals in your community.

10:30-11:00 AM Comfort Break
11:00-11:30 AM Small group discussions
11:30-12:30 PM

Health Promotion that Connects – a panel discussion

Moderator: Andrea Medley, Vancouver Coastal Health
Panelists: Heather Paddison, Positive Living North; Jessy Dame, CBRC, Milo Offerein-Alder, ANKORS.

How do we deliver health promotion that really connects and supports people? This panel features speakers from across BC who will share practical tools and ideas to shape your harm reduction work, from one on one to groups.

12:30-1:00 PM Large group check in, wrap up


Day 3 – Thursday March 25

9:00 AM Welcome
9:30-11:00 AM

Healing Inner Voices

Film Screening followed by a Talking Circle with the films creator, Martin Morberg, and some of the film participants, Flo Ranville, Aaron Jackson and Val Nicholson

Healing Inner Voices is a peer-led project to reduce stigma, build community and create cultural safety: Through the lived experiences and voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, this poetic short documentary combines storytelling and the healing power of Indigenous culture to reflect on the realities of stigma and discrimination for Indigenous people.

Offering inspiration and empathy, the film offers up hope that understanding and compassion will decrease experiences of HIV stigma and discrimination. Most importantly, it will be a way to connect those who made it and those who will watch it, to community, and to culture.

Learn more about the film and watch a trailer.

11:00-11:30 AM Break
11:30-12:00 PM Small group networking
12:00-12:45 PM Closing Keynote with Marnie Scow, Indigenous Overdose Response Consultant at Community Action Initiative. Marnie has worked in Public & Indigenous Health in a variety of capacities including being the first Peer hire with the Indigenous Wellness Team (IWT) at First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the first Indigenous woman to work with the grassroots organization Culture Saves Lives
12:45-1:00 PM Closing

* Schedule subject to change
Presenter biographies and full program download.



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Registration is now closed. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Stacy Leblanc,
Director of Program Development

Janet Madsen,
Capacity Building and Digital Communications Coordinator





We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Pacific AIDS Network. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.