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(Un)learning Together: Substance Use, Criminalization, Harm Reduction, & Consent
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This online workshop is part of the Anti-Violence Project's (Un)learning Together workshop series running through November. Check our website for more details on three FREE workshops facilitated by different community groups dedicated to providing essential services and education to folks on Lekwungen and WSÁNE lands ("victoria, bc").

This workshop draws on the legacy of activism by people who use drugs, people who are HIV positive, and sex workers (especially Black Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) within those communities) to analyze how our current state and legal systems create conditions that can increase harms associated with substance use. Participants will be introduced to harm reduction as an approach to mitigating risks in daily life as well as some specific strategies for substance use and safer sex. A collaborative discussion will be facilitated about the nuances of navigating consent when substance use is taking place.


AVI Health and Community Services (AVI) is a community-based AIDS Service Organization (ASO). We have offices in the communities of Greater Victoria, Westshore, Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River. Our catchment area includes all of the Gulf Islands. At AVI Health and Community Services we provide education, advocacy and support clients. AVI provides education and prevention information to schools, the broader community and target populations. Evidence demonstrates that comprehensive prevention programs can help to effectively contain HIV, hepatitis C, and other communicable diseases. AVIs mission is to promote health, dignity, and well-being for all people affected by HIV, HCV, and substance use by delivering sex-positive and  harm reduction based education, prevention, and support service. AVI envisions a community where all people affected by HIV, HCV, or substance use have equitable access to the support and services necessary to experience optimal health and well-being.

The Anti-Violence Project is the student-funded sexual assault centre at the University of Victoria. We provide peer-based support, education and advocacy for the on and off campus community. Find more info at https://www.antiviolenceproject.org/

Do you have any accessibility needs? - please email education@antiviolenceproject.org or call 778-400-5007
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This workshop will be held on ZOOM

Timezone: America/Vancouver
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