Indigenous Women’s Group

Join us Tuesdays 3-4pm (except welfare week)

  • $5 stipend and lack snack provided
  • Open to all who identify as indigenous women
  • A safe place to provide support and advocate together on issues that impact us most.

OD Memorial March (Jan 28)

Join us Thursday 28th to demand Not One More Death from overdoses in Victoria. 40 people overdosed during December – 8 people died. This is preventable with supervised consumption services, and Victoria’s health authority is lagging behind other regions in Canada in taking critical steps towards providing these services. Come out to remember those who have been lost because of inadequate services, and show your support for immediate action in Victoria!

Where: Centennial Square
When: 12pm ~ the march will return to Centennial Square at 12:40pm for a small meal, guest speakers, open mic, and moment of silence.

Flowers will also be available so community members can pay their respects.

We acknowledge and respect that this event is taking place on traditional, unceded Lkwungen and WSÁNEĆ territories

For any questions, please be in touch with us at yes2scs@gmail.com.

Street College Anti-Stigma Courses Starting

Our twice yearly Anti-Stigma course begins Nov 24th! There are 4 sessions, one each tuesday for four weeks. Courses are run and designed by former graduates of Street College. Contact us if you’d like to enroll.

Street College is open to anyone who identifies as a current or former person who uses illicit drugs. Preference will be given to individuals who have not participated in programming before. $10 stipends and snacks provided.

AGM – Wed Dec 2nd 11am

Come on out for our AGM on Dec 2nd. Membership is free and open to anyone who identifies as a current or former user of illicit drugs (note: ‘illicit’ does not apply to marijuana or alcohol use). Great chance to learn about our outreach and education programs, elect our new board of directors and learn more about how we operate. See you there!

Street Deaths are Preventable: week of education and action (June 16 -19)

street deaths week of events (June 16 - 19)On June 16 – 19, join us for a week of education and action to end poverty-related deaths in BC.

Between 2006 and 2013, at least 281 people died on the streets in British Columbia. Due to under-reporting, that number is likely much much higher. Victoria has the highest number of street deaths per capita in BC. In a four month period, 30 people died on the streets of this city.

These deaths are preventable. Not only are there tangible causes, but viable solutions. We need adequate health services, social housing, and harm reduction services. We need all levels of government to commit to eliminating poverty and preventing street deaths. See below for event info – see you there!

Tuesday June 16th — 4th Annual Convergence by and for people who use(d) illicit drugs
First Met Hall, 932 Balmoral, 9am – 3pm
open to people who use(d) illicit drugs

Wednesday June 17th — Moving Forward: Public Forum on Supervised Consumption Services
6:30pm – 8pm, First Met Hall (932 Balmoral)
https://www.facebook.com/events/923047324427982/

Thursday June 18th — ‘Death as a Social Justice Issue: Perspectives on Death and Dying on the streets of Victoria': panel discussion
2 – 4 pm, Central library Community Rm (732 Broughton)
https://www.facebook.com/events/871736626220774/

Friday June 19th — ‘Street Deaths are Preventable Deaths’ Rally
Noon, Quadra@Blanshard
https://www.facebook.com/events/1422872168035642/


More about the Wednesday Night Panel

SCS Forum Poster Pic (June 17)
We’ve invited speakers to share with us what SCS could look like in Victoria, as part of a larger discussion of how communities can work together to support this essential health service
Speakers
Marianne Alto Councillor, City of Victoria & Director, CRD
Katie Lacroix Chair, yes2scs Peer Advisory Committee
Bernie Pauly Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of BC
Bruce Wallace, Assistant Professor, UVic School of Social Work
Moderated by Gregor Craigie of CBC’s On the Island

More about the Thursday afternoon panel

In 2014, a Megaphone report revealed that homelessness cuts an individual’s life expectancy in half. As part of the Street Deaths are Preventable Deaths week of action and education, panelists in this forum will offer the audience perspectives on death and dying on the streets of Victoria. These perspectives will include the situation ‘on the ground;’ barriers and facilitators to healthcare; and responses and strategies to improve quality of life for our community members.

While there is a tendency to put fault in the hands of the ‘at-risk’, ‘vulnerable’ and ‘marginalized,’ this forum seeks to explore systemic inequities that create and maintain marginalization. We hope to move the issue of death and dying in this population beyond awareness and motivate the audience to be part of strategies for social change.

Panelists
Bernice Kamano, Aboriginal Coalition
Bernie Pauly, Centre for Addictions Research of BC
Bruce Wallace, Street Deaths are Preventable Deaths Campaign & UVic Faculty of Social Work
Grey Showler, Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) & Cool Aid Community Health Centre
Kristen Kvakic, PORT & AIDS Vancouver Island
Yvette Ringham-Cowan, Cultural Safety Program, Island Health

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