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Media Advisory – Union of Ontario Indians HIV/AIDS program launches new harm reduction video

UOI Offices, Nipissing FN, Dec. 3, 2012 – A new video that focuses on harm reduction in drug use will be launched tomorrow in Toronto.

The Union of Ontario Indians HIV/AIDS program coordinator Jody Cotter produced the video called “River of Healing”.

“We focus on positive solutions such as youth prevention programs and strategies that help educate our people on the prevention of transmittable diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV through unsafe drug use,” says Cotter.    “The video emphasizes the positive effects, such as healing, that can be brought about through effective methods of harm reduction. The aim of this video is to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with drug use in our communities.”

Media are invited to attend the noon-hour event at the Ramada Plaza.  The video launch is in conjunction with the HIV/AIDS “Little Spirit Moon” conference held December 4-5.

WHAT: Launch of “River of Healing” harm reduction video.

WHO: Union of Ontario Indians HIV/AIDS coordinator Jody Cotter, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy staff, Anishinabek citizens featured in video.

WHERE: Toronto, Ramada Plaza, 300 Jarvis St. Ballroom AB

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

TIME: 12:00 pm

The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949.  The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member First Nations across Ontario.  The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

For further information:

Marci Becking, Communications Officer
[email protected]
705-497-9127 ext. 2290
Cell: 705-494-0735
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