Educators’ Roundtable 2023


Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous Peoples of BC


March 8 and 9, 2023


This is a hybrid event and you may apply for in-person attendance or virtual attendance.  

In-person location: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver, BC, the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. There is a gender neutral washroom option available.

Please read this information carefully before making an application.


About the Educators’ Roundtable

PAN, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority and CATIE will be hosting the 8th  Educators’ Roundtable: Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous Peoples of BC. This is a two-day gathering for community educators to learn, share wisdom and network.

The aim of the Roundtable is to support and promote culturally safe, effective STBBI, HIV, hepatitis C and harm reduction knowledge with community educators that work with and within Indigenous communities. We hope to enrich community engagement and connection, and we ask that participants who attend will come prepared to share about their work with other attendees.

Group Guidelines: 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. These apply to people attending in-person and virtually.  Please review.



The Roundtable takes place over two days at a pace to support learning and connection. Day 1 will be from 9 AM-4 PM. Day 2 will be from 9 AM-230 PM to allow people from out of town to get back to their home communities.

Sessions for the Roundtable include:

Learning from Unlocking the Gates
Mo Korchinski and Pam Young

Exploring Sober Curious Communities
Mic Deane and Zelika Brown

The New Foundations of HIV and Hep C
Dylan Richards

How Did We Get Here? Origin Stories of Community Action

Remote Realities: Creative Approaches to Drug Use and Harm Reduction
Panel Discussion

Syphilis 101 for Educators

The Power of Stories in Education
Nova Weipert


* Program subject to change


Communicable Disease Prevention

For those who hope to attend in-person, all participants must agree to wear a mask throughout the event (except when eating) to minimize risk of exposure to COVID or other respiratory illnesses, and to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of all who are attending, especially the most vulnerable and those who are immunocompromised.

We continue to strongly encourage both our staff, as well as our members and allies (the folks we work with and for), to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and get ongoing boosters.

Each participant will receive a fresh mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided by hotel and PAN.

PAN staff will start each day with a reminder of safety code of conduct and expectations/guidelines.

Please be mindful that some members of our communities may be immune-compromised and it’s important that if you’re experiencing any symptoms of illness (fever, chills, respiratory symptoms) that you refrain from attending the event in-person.

PAN reserves the right to alter these plans based on current public health conditions at the time of the event.


Applying to attend the Educators’ Roundtable

You may apply to attend the Educators’ Roundtable in-person or virtually. Please note that due to limited resources, submitting an application does not guarantee a spot at the Educators’ Roundtable.


The deadline for submitting an application was Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 4 PM.

Applicants will be informed of their status by Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Each application will be reviewed to help determine equitable geographic representation from around the province. Once the selections have been made you will be notified via email of your application status.

Everyone who is accepted will be provided with free event registration and in exchange for this free registration all participants agree to complete a post-event evaluation. 

Space for this special event is limited and resources are finite. We are glad you are interested in attending and ask that that you respect the limitations. By submitting an application to attend in-person, you are agreeing to attend the entirety of all workshops, presentations, etc. that are part of the program. Failure to honour this agreement may result in your agency or organization being unable to register for future events. For those who are no-shows to in-person attendance, your organization may be billed for accommodation and roundtable food and beverage costs.

Exceptions will apply in the event of illness, health-related and/or exceptional circumstances. It is the responsibility of the individual to inform PAN staff as to the reason for lateness or absence.


Choosing the virtual or in-person application

Our last in-person gathering was in 2020, just days before COVID shutdowns, and we look forward to seeing people outside of their Zoom frames. We also want to continue to welcome people virtually should that be the best option for them or their organizations. We acknowledge that there will be differences in the Roundtable experience based on how people are attending. While virtual attendees won’t have the in-person feel, they will have opportunities to interact with other participants at the Roundtable and take part in small groups for community networking, as those attending in-person will do.

Please ensure you have thoroughly read the event and application information before making an application.


Applications are closed. 

If you have further questions, please contact:
Janet Madsen, Event Registrar
Email: [email protected]



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.