“Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction” is an extremely popular workshop, designed and lead by community partners with the support of Toronto Public Health. Experienced speakers address a variety of topics related to women’s needs in harm reduction. Topics may include:
- how women’s substance use patterns are unique;
- understanding the history of colonialism as a first step in connecting with First Nation women;
- bringing harm reduction to imprisoned women;
- understanding women, trauma and substance use;
- advocating for women who use substances and are struggling with child apprehension services;
- harm reduction practice relevant within violence against women shelters;
- what harm reduction means for sex workers;
- ensuring the voice of lived experience has power in your agency.
What participants will take away from the workshop:
- An overview of the key issues that affect women who use substances and ways to deliver services that meet their needs.
- Practical tips, tools and strategies for working with women from a harm reduction perspective.
- An opportunity to reflect on your practice and to connect to service providers across sectors.
- There is no lunch served, but there is a cafe on the main floor of the building.
- Out of respect to those who have allergies, please do not wear scented gels, sprays, or lotions.
- We are honoured to open each session at 9:30 am with a traditional Anishnawbe First Nation smudge lead by an Elder: cedar or sage may be burned. It is optional to attend this part of the workshop.
- Please bring a USB Key if you would like copies of the power points from the presentations.