WHAT'S HAPPENING TO OUR FIRST NATIONS?
The Government of Canada estimates that in the last two-years more than 9,000 Canadians have died because of the opioid crisis.
That is approximately 20% of the total fatalities Canada suffered in nearly six-years of World War II; or put another way, in our cities and towns, on our reserves and in our homes, we have lost 57 times more loved ones than Canada lost in the entire Afghanistan War.
But we are not at war. Our relatives are dying due to corporate greed and government failures. Our people are being treated like “collateral damage” in Big Pharma’s relentless quest for profit.
The Government of Canada is failing First Nations again and data shows that we are losing our youth and elders to opioids at an alarming rate.
First Nations people are five times more likely than non–First Nations citizens to experience an opioid-related overdose event, and three times more likely to die from an opioid-related overdose.
First Nations people are twice as likely to be dispensed an opioid as non–First Nations citizens.
In the last two-years, opioid overdose and emergency admission rates have tripled in the age groups of 15 to 44 years-old.
In some provinces, First Nations women aged 50 and above represent the highest proportion of all opioid-related fatalities.
On some reserves, an opioid overdose is reported every two-hours!
Sources: Government of Canada; Government of Alberta; Government of British Columbia; Government of Manitoba; Government of Ontario; Alberta Health; BC Public Health; Evidence Synthesis - The Opioid Crisis in Canada, Belzak & Halverson; Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC).
The conference will include a session focusing upon the legal options for First Nations,
led by members of the team that brought the flagship class action lawsuit against Big Pharma for tribes in the US.
The “Opioids: Wiping the Tears. Healing the Pain” Conference
was formulated in adherence to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), within the parameters of the following articles:
Article 21: 1. Indigenous peoples have the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security. 2. States shall take effective measures and, where appropriate, specific measures to ensure continuing improvement of their economic and social conditions. Particular attention shall be paid to the rights and special needs of indigenous elders, women, youth, children and persons with disabilities.
Article 24: 2. Indigenous individuals have an equal right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States shall take the necessary steps with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of this right.
ON FIRST NATIONS
ON FIRST NATIONS
You and your colleagues will leave this conference with a
plan of action to stop the scourge of the opioid crisis reaching and decimating
You will return home with a team of experienced professionals on your side
and together we will challenge Big Pharma and halt this latest attack on our people.
Tom Rodgers, Carlyle Consulting