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Mamow Nigamoowag: Reconciliation through Art

March 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
At Queen Elizabeth District High School

You are invited to a public launch of the new release of QEOHS Students Music Video, filmed and produced by N'we Jinan. The video, featuring 12 youth from 10 different communities, was one of four parts of a youth project funded by Canada Council of the Arts that focuses on reconciling youth through art. This song, written and recorded by the students themselves, illustrates the emotions the students previously explored on reconciliation.
The Launch Party will also feature special live performances by QEDHS Music Students, who worked alongside Nick Sherman to write anti perform brand new songs on Reconciliation.
Come check out the art work, photos, and behind-the-scenes clips that will contributed to this exciting project for youth! See poster here for full details

Needle Distribution Evaluation

SLFNHA’s Community-based Needle Distribution Service is one of the main building blocks for reducing harms associated with increased use of opioids in northern communities. The service was first introduced in 2010 by Health Canada. In 2013 SLFNHA took over the day-to-day management of needle distribution and this year the program is undergoing its first evaluation. “Harm reduction,” says Byron Blandon, SLFNHA’s Harm Reduction Coordinator, “makes clean supplies available to injection drug users (IDUs) living in northern First Nation. Their access to these supplies helps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Hep B and C, and HIV, and reduces risk of injection related complications like abscesses and overdose.” The evaluation will look at the program from different points of view. A small team will visit five First Nations early in 2017 to understand how the program works in northern communities: What is it doing well, and how can it be improved?  The evaluation will look at SLFNHA’s delivery of the service: how community demand for services is coordinated and what service gaps can be filled in the short- and long-term. 

Needle Distribution Service is part of the Harm Reduction Program and is managed as part of SLFNHA’s Approaches to Community Wellbeing. For more information please contact Byron Blandon, Harm Reduction Coordinator by e-mail: Byron.blandon(at), or by phone at 807 737-5643 .

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Banff Truth and Reconciliation Summit

On October 29, 2016, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity held a Truth and Reconciliation Summit for participants to learn about and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action. If you missed the live stream, keynote speeches and panel discussion are available to watch in the video at this website: