Regional Education for the North, 2022


As part of our Training and Leadership programs, this training was offered to people working in the Northern Health Region March 9-10, 2022. Topics were generated through community consultation.

To make the translation from live event to on-demand viewing, all recordings have been slightly edited for optimal experience.


Wednesday March 9, 2022

Elder Lucy Duncan led us into the day, and her welcome is included in the Alcohol Harm Reduction recording.

Alcohol Harm Reduction

Alcohol is a commonly used substance, and for some it can be problematic. What does harm reduction for alcohol mean in a society that embraces alcohol use, and how can we support people and programs? Learn about Managed Alcohol Programs with Dr. Bernie Pauly and Meaghan Brown.


Multi-Substance Use in the North

The incidence of benzos and the rising presence of fentanyl in many substances creates concerns and challenges for people who use drugs and the communities supporting them. This session shared some  data from the Prince George Needle Exchange/OPS program to illustrate substances that are circulating. Presentation and discussion led by Joanna Patterson, OAT Nurse at the Needle Exchange/OPS.

Slides from presentation

FNHA Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Service


Thursday March 10, 2022

Elder Lucy Duncan opened the day, and her welcome is included in the STBBI Testing recording.

STBBI Testing: Getting connected to self-testing and care providers

This session featured discussion and data from the I’m Ready study currently underway in Canada that explores HIV self-testing (Janice Duddy, PAN); discussion on self-testing in Two-Spirit communities (Martin Morberg, CBRC); and hepatitis C testing and treatment connections in the North (Jennifer Hawkes, pharmacist with the Northern Health Regional Specialized Support Team).

HIV self-testing
Specialized Support Team presentation


Healing Inner Voices

Healing Inner Voices is a peer-led project to reduce stigma, build community and create cultural safety. Through the lived experiences and voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, the short documentary combines storytelling and the healing power of Indigenous culture to reflect on the realities of stigma and discrimination for Indigenous people. Project creator Martin Morberg and participant Flo Ranville introduced the film.

To learn more about the film and book a screening in your community, visit the film’s site page on Drawing Contact Martin Morberg.



Thank you to everyone who attended, shared their thoughts and experiences, and gave us feedback on the event. We look forward to seeing you again.



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.

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