Applications for FNHA 2024 International Overdose Awareness Day Grants Now Open


Via First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

In 2016, BC declared a public health emergency in response to the toxic drug poisoning crisis. Since that time, a continuous flow of toxic and unpredictable supply of drugs have flooded the unregulated drug market leading to unprecedented drug poisoning events and deaths. This has been especially harmful to First Nations people.

Toxic drugs do not just impact people who use substances regularly. First-time or recreational users are at the same risk and can die from the poisonous supply. These are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and friends. Every day we are losing more people.

Each year, on Aug. 31, we observe International Overdose Awareness Day, the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, to remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. It is a time to remember but also a time to act to prevent future drug poisonings.

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is offering community-based grants of $2,000 for First Nation communities and First Nations health service organizations that provide wellness and harm reduction services to First Nations people in BC to hold an event, gathering or ceremony on or around Aug. 31, 2024. Applications from First Nations communities, First Nations health service organizations, and First Nations-led organizations will be prioritized for funding. These grants are intended to hold up the good work needed to honour these lives lost, encourage conversations, remove stigma and remember the stories.

Grant funds are intended to support an event, gathering or ceremony that reflects the unique needs of your community or group as it relates to the toxic drug emergency. Some ideas for the day could include, but are not limited to:

  • Grief supports or circles
  • Education sessions/speakers
  • Community meal with guest speakers
  • Ceremony
  • A commemorative space or design (e.g.: mural, carving, plaque, sculpture, a garden space)
  • Community event where everyone is welcomed together in a safe space
  • How to use naloxone trainings
  • Cultural gathering to share teachings
  • Create and share medicine bundles
  • Candle light vigil
  • Collage of videos and pictures of those who have died
  • Designate a space for a memorial
  • Harm reduction conversations


​Deadline for applications is Monday, July 15, 2024 by 4:00 PM.

Visit FNHA funding page for all the details.