HSABC Webinar: Indigenous Harm Reduction

October 4, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this workshop we learn about:
- the current state of public health emergency & the toxic drug supply
- how we got here, prohibition, racism & drug policy
- the stats & why Indigenous people are highly impacted
- decolonizing substance use & Indigenous harm reduction
- plant medicines for harm reduction,withdrawal management & recovery
- injectable & nasal naloxone training
& Save Me Steps​
- how to create safe, inclusive, community spaces for learning
- trauma & resiliency-informed facilitation skills


Instructor/s Bio/s: Tonya Robitaille

Tonya is an Anishinaabe Métis woman with kinship ties to the Ktunaxa and Secwe̓pemc First Nations. She currently lives as a guest on the unceded territories of the syilx people of the Okanagan.

​Tonya draws on her training from a range of modalities in her work with community including, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, shamanic counselling, herbal and traditional medicines, and land based healing.

She has worked extensively with day school survivors, street outreach with unhoused relatives, and with people healing from addictions and trauma. This work has been foundational to the trauma-informed, heart-centered workshops and healing sessions she creates and facilitates for individuals and communities to honour peoples' healing journeys.

​As an educator, she creates experiential and embodied learning opportunities, inviting people to actively participate and to apply their understandings to create transformative change in their personal lives, communities, and workplaces.

​Deeply committed to empowered Indigenous community capacity building, decolonizing harm reduction and mental health, wellness and substance use, she shares a wealth of lived experience to share in her work with organizations like Foundry, First Nations Health Authority, Canadian Mental Health Association, Health Justice, and BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.