Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous People of BC
Dates: Tuesday March 15 and Tuesday March 22, 2022
About the Educators’ Roundtable
The Roundtable is the virtual adaptation of the Educators’ Forum, an annual event for new and experienced community-based educators, health promotion workers, and harm reduction workers working in HIV, hepatitis C, and harm reduction in both substance use and sexuality. Each year we gather to share and promote culturally safe and effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and harm reduction education. The programs feature a mix of cultural education and practical skills building.
Building Community Virtually
This year, as last, we gathered on Zoom. Last year we were successful in creating connected discussions. For those who aren’t as comfortable on Zoom as they would like, we offered to meet beforehand to go over how things work and answer questions so people could be as comfortable as possible. PAN staff Stacy and Janet were available throughout the training to support participants.
This year’s program featured two intensive mornings. Len Pierre from the Katzie First Nation. “Len is an educator, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, traditional knowledge keeper, and cultural practitioner.” (from Len’s site.) We have worked with Len on the Educators’ Forum and other projects in the past and were pleased to see what unfolded when we were together.
Tuesday March 15
Indigenous Trauma and Equity Informed Practice
This course aimed at expanding social perception on the missing context not usually covered in ‘trauma-informed care’ workshops. This session focused on centering Indigenous perspectives on the change needed and required to go beyond being “informed”.
- Explore the relationship between colonialism, state violence against Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous specific trauma today
- Weave Indigenous resistance, resilience, resurgence, and equity-oriented approaches into professional practice
Tuesday March 22
Indigenous Cultural Advocacy and Allyship
Being an ally is not a static identity, it is not a badge of honour, it is a sign of privilege. Allyship is also not declared but based on the context in which you ACT. This course unpacked the similarities and differences for being an ally to Indigenous peoples in relationship to other ally contexts.
- Distinguish the context for Indigenous allyship from other forms of allyship
- Discern and critique contemporary issues within the term “ally” as it relates to Reconciliation today
- Mobilize justice and action oriented responses for your professional practice
At all our events, we strive to do our best to create a culturally safe environment, and ask that all participants follow our Group Guidelines and Responsibilities. Please review.
For more information about this and other capacity building events we offer, please reach out.
Director of Capacity Building Initiatives
stacy @ paninbc.ca
We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of PAN. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.