Human Rights Education Project Toolkit

The province of BC is committed to a human rights-based approach to the overdose crisis (OERC Terms of Reference), and the Human Rights Education Project (HREP) is a community-based education project to decrease overdoses and overdose deaths. HREP focuses on the right to health and the right of all British Columbians to be free from the harmful effects of discrimination.

Interactive Train the Trainer workshops are designed for Community Action Teams (CATs), and the resources in this Toolkit have been developed for use by CATs and Regional Response Teams (RRTs) funded under the Overdose Emergency Response Centre.

Using information collected from people who use drugs (PWUD) in BC (compiled and reported in Project Inclusion report, by Pivot Legal Society), national and international sources, we take a human rights-based approach to the opioid crisis response.

As a community-based project, we will add to this Toolkit as we learn of more resources.

 

Foundation Tools

Guiding Principles – Human Rights and Health Equity. How the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and BC Human Rights Code connect to health services, provincial and municipal  responsibilities.

Guiding Principles  – Drug Use as a Health and Rights Issue Health leaders in BC position drug use and the overdose crisis as an issue of health and not criminality.

Surveying Conditions in BC Community research project Project Inclusion by Pivot Legal Society provides information on anti-homelessness and anti-substance user stigma in BC, including recommendations for change.

 

Tools for Action

How to Engage People with Lived Experience Understanding peoples’ lived experience is essential in a community response to the overdose crisis. This section includes practical tools for meaningful inclusion of people with lived experience in community work.

Beyond Stigma-Reduction – Putting Rights First How stigma impacts human rights. This section includes stigma reduction education tools.

Community Action Teams: Templates for Change Change may introduce difficult discussions, but the rights of people who use drugs are non-negotiable. This section includes guides for working with municipalities, healthcare, police, and more.

 

Each section of the Human Rights Education Project Toolkit has resources for Community Action Teams to learn more about human rights and health, and handouts to help as they educate their communities. The Select Handouts at a Glance page features a quick look at the resources from the entire Tools for Action section.

NEXT Guiding Principles: Human Rights and Health Equity


More resources can be found on our Drug Use and Overdose Response page.

Please note that the information in this toolkit is for general information only and should not be taken or relied upon as legal advice. If you have questions about a specific situation, consult a lawyer.

  • All Resources
  • Community Based Research Resource Summaries
  • Evaluation Resource Summaries
  • Training, Conference, and Webinar Resource Summaries
  • Population and Public Health Resource Summaries
  • Advocacy and Policy Resource Summaries
  • Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral infection just as HIV is a viral infection. Unlike HIV, however, HCV can be treated and cured.  Treatment for HCV is available to anyone living with hepatitis C in BC.   Explore in Detail: Hepatitis C: Epidemiology, testing, treatment, resources HCV Manifesto Hepatitis C Treatment Options Expand in BC

  • The Evaluation News blog covers our work within PAN and with organizations in the community.  Learn about different kinds of evaluation like Realist Evaluation, learn how other organizations are using evaluation approaches, meet evaluators on the job, and find out about how you can help in community evaluation. Explore in detail:  Evaluation News blog Evaluation… Read more »

  • People with HIV can live long and healthy lives if they access to treatment and social support as needed. As people with HIV age, however, complications of aging can compound challenges of living with HIV. Concerns for people with HIV who are aging can include income security, stigma, safe and affordable housing, aging in place,… Read more »

  • Our Fall Conference, AGM, PLHIV Forum and ED Summit gathers people from across the province who share their programs and services, learn about new developments in public health, and help build a vibrant and supportive community. We also offer Regional conferences to customize capacity building-needs for different service areas in BC. After the events, with permission… Read more »

  • We offer our KnowledgeConnect webinars to reach our  member organizations as well as community leaders and stakeholders. Information is available when our viewers have the opportunity to connect. Watch for news on upcoming webinars in the blog. Follow the blog for news on upcoming webinars   Explore webinars by theme: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health Health Determinants… Read more »

  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people with lived experience… Read more »

  • In April 2016 BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared the overdose epidemic in BC a public health emergency in April 2016.  Despite committed efforts, the epidemic continues, as overdose statistics show.  This has significant impact on first responders, including frontline staff at Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) member and allied organizations, and especially people… Read more »

  • Information about the law and the rights of people with HIV  Having HIV is not a crime, but law can impact heavily on the lives of people with HIV. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network “is one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, and advocating at both… Read more »

  • Evaluation can help guide your organization or group to make decisions about programs, services, research, and more. Participatory research is just what it sounds like- people and communities take part in decision-making about what is evaluated, rather than being told what they “should” evaluate. Community is central to evaluation work and we can help you… Read more »

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