The Canoe Project invites you to 2 virtual calls

CAAN Communities, Alliances and Networks and Dr. Peter Centre are delighted  to invite you to a series of Indigenous-led trauma informed Harm Reduction training. This training is part of the national project, The Canoe and is free to attend. The Canoe aims to bring relevant, non-stigmatizing, context specific harm reduction practices for rural and remote indigenous communities to the national stage.

This series will be held virtually and will equire separate, advance registration for each session. They will focus on the following topics:


Plant Medicines for Harm Reduction

In this call we will cover some basic traditional plant medicines that are helpful to reduce harms for people who use substances, or for people who are healing from substance use and/or trauma. We will offer some learning about sourcing and harvesting, sustainability and protocols when working with the medicines. Some easy to grow plants will also be covered for the benefit of our Urban relatives.

Wednesday June 5th 2024, 10 – 11 AM Pacific time.

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Culture Saves Lives

In this call we will talk about how we, as Indigenous people. already know the ways and have the systems available in our communities to address the toxic drug crisis. We will be offered a remembering of our ceremonies, our roles and responsibilities in community, and how we can work together with culture as the foundation of our work in harm reduction.

Wednesday June 19th 2024, 10 – 11 AM Pacific time.

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The facilitator for both these sessions is Bizaan Bimose ~ Tonya Robitaille  ~ pronouns ~ she/her

ᐱᓵᓐ ᐱᒧᓭ ~ ᐙᐙᔥᑫᔑ ᑐᑌᒻ

Please feel free to register yourself for one or both trainings or send out this invitation to your networks.


The objective of The Canoe is to :

  • increase capacity of harm reduction service providers to provide culturally safe and stigma-free harm reduction services to Indigenous people.
  • improve the cultural safety and stigma-free nature of the harm reduction services offered.
  • Scale up wise practices nationally for culturally relevant, non-stigmatizing initiatives to meet the needs of target populations.
  • Increase context-specific resources for harm reduction services that serve target populations in rural and mid-sized communities.
  • Increase access to more spaces where Indigenous people are meaningfully engaged in harm reduction services.
  • Nationally elevate the voices of Indigenous people and people with lived and living experience (PLLE)in responses to the overdose crisis; and
  • Support Indigenous and non-Indigenous harm reduction organizations to increase their capacity to deliver harm reduction services to their Indigenous clients.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Project Lead Cherese Reemaul at [email protected]