As part of our workforce development and skills training events, each year PAN produces the Educators’ Forum or Roundtable: Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous People of BC.
The aim of the gathering is the promotion of culturally safe and effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and harm reduction education with community educators. This professional development opportunity gives participants skills and cultural competence in a variety of topics. Over the years additional partners have included CATIE, Vancouver Coastal Health, and YouthCO/ Yúusnewas.
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.
In March of 2021 we went virtual due to COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions. We asked that everyone come committed to create the kind of connections that happen at the face to face Educators’ Forum, which has always been an event where people talk about the meaningful relationships that develop as people share their work and learning. The upside of going virtual is that we recorded a good portion of the programming, which can be viewed on-demand. To respect the unique gathering of shared time and space, not all elements are available for on-demand viewing.
The 2020 Educators’ Forum: Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous Peoples of BC took place March 3 – 4, 2020 on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, which includes Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations.
Select slides are available. We will add to these resources as they become available.
- Putting the Equity in to Elimination: Opportunities and Challenges Along the Path to Hepatitis C Elimination in BC Presenter: Sofia Bartlett
- Pandemics and epidemics: Causes, responses, and community protection Presenter: Margo Pearce
- FOXY & SMASH Information Session Presenters: Inuk McKay, Anna Seagrave and Savannah Beaulieu
- Hepatitis C Bingo! Presenter: Cheryl Reitz
The 4th Educators’ Forum: Promoting Effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Education with Indigenous Peoples of BC took place February 12 and 13, 2019 on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, which includes Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations.
Program sessions included those below (not all presenters used slides).
Self-reflexivity: examining our positions of power and privilege
Presenters: Emily Sollows & Eris Nyx, BC Centre for Disease Control
Harm Reduction for Alcohol
Presenters: Loretta Brown, Rob Morgan & Brittany Graham
Presenters: Atticus Courtoreille & Larissa Wahpooseyan, Yúusnewas/YouthCO
Knock 4 Naloxone – Wa K?wat Kwi S7a?y’nexw(Saving Lives) & Blanketing our people with 2-Spirits – Nch’u?7mut (One Love)
Presenter: Charmaine Thomas, Squamish First Nation. The timing of our 2019 included a dump of snow in Vancouver which challenged the travel arrangements for some participants and presenters. Due to the snow, Charmaine could not attend the event but has shared her resources.
First People’s principles of learning
Presenter: Len Pierre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University/First Nations Health Authority
Impacts of Stigma on Health and Connection: the BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index
Presenters: Antonio Marante & Janet Madsen, Pacific AIDS Network
For more information about the Educators’ Forum, please contact Stacy Leblanc, Director of Capacity Building Initiatives.