The FNHA launches ‘Connecting to Culture’ – FNHA

Dec 05, 2022

A three-part video series about Indigenous harm reduction​​​​​​

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and filmmaker Asia Youngman (Cree/Métis) to create the Connecting to Culture video series. The videos are teaching tools intended to support discussions in First Nations communities about harm reduction, substance use and stigma. The series uses an Indigenous lens and includes the perspectives of Elders, peers and youth.

“I try to keep culture at the center of my approach to harm reduction,” says Marnie Scow (Heiltsuk / Kwakiutl First Nations), an Indigenous harm reduction consultant. “I believe that low barrier and no barrier access to culture really makes a huge difference.”

Indigenous harm reduction goes beyond keeping people safer while using substances. It includes undoing the harms of colonialism, which places Indigenous people – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – at higher risk of harmful substance use. It’s a decolonized, Indigenized approach to harm reduction that re-connects people to culture.

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