LET'S HEAL OUR NATIONS
Despite positive words from the government, the opioid crisis, like the MMIWG epidemic and other tragedies confronting First Nations, continues to escalate, to the degree that on some reserves an opioid overdose is reported approximately every two-hours in any given 48-hour cycle.
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.
Words are not enough, we must act.
We must wipe our tears and begin to heal.
We must begin the process today!
In their critical report, Evidence Synthesis - The Opioid Crisis in Canada, Lisa Belzak (MHSc) and Jessica Halverson (MPH, MSW) stated . . .
“As early as 2014, First Nations communities were raising the alarm about the number of opioid-related overdose deaths on reserves.”
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Wiping the Tears. Healing the Pain
A conference to help you pursue your nation's pathway to empowerment, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for this vicious attack on our communities and cultures.
Conference sessions include:
Tom Rodgers of Carlyle Consulting - Welcome introduction: Opioids - Wiping the Tears, Healing the Pain
Accounts from the frontlines of the opioids crisis - survivors & family members of victims provide insights into this real life tragedy
The opioids crisis in the context of historical trauma suffered by First Nations
The Economic Impact of the opioids crisis on First Nations
The Cultural Impact of the opioids crisis and methods of traditional healing
Avenues of Empowerment - Legal recourse and advice for First Nations to hold accountable those responsible for the opioids devastation in our communities
IMPORTANT: The conference will conclude with a session focusing upon the legal recourse and options for First Nations, which will be led by members of the legal team that has brought the flagship class action lawsuit against Big Pharma for tribes in the US.