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Harm Reduction Forum

Date & Time
April 5, 2022 11:00 am-6:00 pm CST
Vancouver or Online
Event Host
Harm Reduction Coalition

Join health advocates and people with lived addiction experiences from across Canada for a full-day session on advancing harm reduction.
About this event
Event features keynote speaker and emcee, broadcaster Candy Palmater on “Inclusivity” along with Indigenous health proponents advocating for meaningful reconciliACTION and innovative approaches to harm reduction for a range of addictive substances.

**Tickets are free of charge and include breakfast, lunch and snacks. In-person and virtual registrations are available.



Welcome – Reid Fiest

Traditional land acknowledgment/prayer

Keynote – Candy Palmater on “Inclusivity”


PANEL – Health & ReconciliACTION

Dr. Lisa Richardson – Strategic Advisor, Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON.

Joanna Gladue – Clinical and Cultural Knowledge Director, Indigenous Psychological Services. Edmonton, AB.

Jennifer Lavalley – Project Coordinator, BC Centre on Substance Use, Researcher with the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society and PHD Student, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC.

Dr. Nicole Cardinal – Clinical Lead for Education, Indigenous Health Initiatives Program, University of Alberta and Physician, Saddle Lake First Nation. Saddle Lake, AB.

Tracey Draper – Program Coordinator, Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society. Vancouver, BC.


PANEL – Advocating for Addictions & Mental Health

Guy Felicella – Public Speaker, Harm Reduction Advocate and Addiction Educator. Vancouver, BC.

Matthew Bonn – Program Coordinator, The Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs. Halifax, NS.

Leigh Sheldon – Registered Indigenous Psychologist and Member of the Swan River First Nation. Edmonton, AB.

Dr. Jane Foster – Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University. Hamilton, ON.

PANEL – Harm Reduction Innovation & Policy

Dr. Mark Tyndall – Professor, UBC School of Population & Public Health, Infectious Diseases doctor, advocate for Human Rights and founder of MySafe Society. Vancouver, BC.

Dr. Philippe Lucas – President, Sabi Mind. Victoria, BC.

Dr. Zach Walsh – Professor, University of British Columbia. Kelowna, BC.

Maria Papaioannoy – Business Owner at The Ecig Flavourium. Toronto, ON.

This event will be held on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Coast Salish Nations.

** By order of the PHO, proof of full vaccination will be required to attend this event in-person. More information is available here.