Webinars

The Canadian Prison System: Realities and Innovative Practices

34th Quebec Harm Reduction Conference

April 22, 2021

12:20-1:45 pm Pacific     1:20-2:45 pm Mountain     2:20-3:45 pm Central     3:20-4:45 pm Eastern

4:20-5:45 pm Atlantic     4:50-6:15 pm Newfoundland and Labrador

Today, harm reduction is slowly making its way into prison settings. However, in reality, this approach is not sufficiently implemented, and often poorly thought out for incarcerated people who use substances. With a critical eye, we will revisit harm reduction policies in prisons, while presenting Canadian examples of innovative projects and programs.

Register

Panelists

Hard Time: harm reduction policy in federal prisons
Sandra Ka Hon Chu, HIV Legal Network
Real Talk
Alison Bray, Harm Reduction-Community Education Coordinator of the Toronto Drop-In Centre à the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS)
In-Reach and Prison Needle Exchange Program (PNEP): A PASAN Perspective
Nicole Alexander et Chris McNab, Federal In-Reach Community Development Coordinators, PASAN
Harm Reduction in Ontario Provincial Jails
Lindsay Jennings, Provincial Hep C Program Coordinator, PASAN
A Project for Access to Naloxone in a Context of Incarceration
Marilyn Coutu, Oasis Mobile

Resources

  1. Website: Prison Health Now
  2. Website: PASAN is a community-based prisoner health and harm reduction organization that provides support, education and advocacy to prisoners and ex-prisoners across Canada.
  3. Website: HIV Legal Network’s work on Prisons
  1. Action: COVID-19 Prisoner Emergency Support Fund: Support prisoners re-entering the community and the families of those still behind bars
  2. Journal Article: Correctional services during and beyond COVID-19, April 8, 2021
  3. Watch: Overcoming stigma and violence against incarcerated and drug using women, March 24, 2021
  4. Media: Correctional Service of Canada fails to track employees accused of sexual assault in prisons, March 8, 2021
  5. Blog: Hepatitis C infection secondary to illicit drug use for prisoners within the correctional system, March 3, 2021
  6. Media: Houses of hate: How Canada’s prison system is broken, February 28, 2021
  7. Report: No Turning Back: [Canadian Bar Association] Task Force Report on Justice Issues Arising from COVID-19, February 17, 2021
  8. Resource: Ontario Prisoners’ Resource Guide, January 2021
  9. Journal Article: Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes among Incarcerated Women in Canada: A Scoping Review, January 28, 2021
  10. Read: Transitioning from incarceration to the community: Reducing risks and improving lives of people who use substances, November 23, 2020
  11. Report: Decriminalizing People Who Use Drugs: A Primer for Municipal and Provincial Governments, November 12, 2020
  12. Read: Human Rights Groups File Legal Challenge Citing Canada’s Failure to Protect Prisoners’ Health in the Context of COVID-19, October 14, 2020
  13. Report: Office of the Correctional Investigator Annual Report 2019-2020, June 16, 2020
    1. Recommendation 5: I recommend that CSC review independent Patient Advocate models in place in Canada and internationally, develop a framework for federal corrections and report publicly on its intentions in 2020-21 with full implementation of an external Patient Advocate system in 2021-22.
  14. Journal Article: Recent incarceration and risk of first-time injection initiation assistance: A prospective cohort study of persons who inject drugs, April 29, 2020
  15. News Release: A Public Health Failure: Former Prisoner and HIV Gropus in Court Suing the Government of Canada for Failing to Provide Effective Access to Prison Needle and Syringe Program, March 5, 2020
  16. Report: Focus on Harm Reduction for Injection Drug Use in Canadian Prisons: A supplement to CNA’s Harm Reduction Discussion Paper
  17. Read: Prison Needle Exchange Program, August 28, 2019
  18. Read: Prison – Based Needle and Syringe Programs, July 11, 2019
    1. Policy Brief on the Correctional Service of Canada’s Prison Needle Exchange Program
    2. Fact Sheet that Dispels Some of the Common Myths
  19. Read: Open Letter to the Government of Canada on the Evaluation of its “Prison Needle Exchange Program”, March 25, 2019

When Harm Reduction Loses its Authenticity

December 8, 2020

Today, the term Harm Reduction is everywhere, often misunderstood and sometimes misused. Its principles and philosophy are forgotten, leaving room for a false vision of what it represents. People who use drugs and social justice are at the centre, it goes beyond risk reduction. In addition to speaking to its philosophy, principles and values, this webinar will provide insights into various practices and the creation of safe spaces for people who use drugs.

Panelists

Resources

  1. Beyond the Buzzword: A Concept Analysis of Harm Reduction, 2019
  2. Harm reduction in name, but not substance: a comparative analysis of current Canadian provincial and territorial policy frameworks, July 26, 2017
  3. Beyond the Buzzword: The Evolution of Harm Reduction by Dominique Denis-Lalonde – Canadian Harm Reduction Nurses Association
  4. Harm Reduction Service Model (Victoria Safer Initiative)
  5. Crackdown
  6. Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
  7. Canadian Drug Policy Coalition – Harm Reduction 
  8. CATIE – Substance Use and Harm Reduction 
  9. Canadian Public Health Association – Can You Identify and Apply Harm Reduction Strategies
  10. Website: CRISM – CHARP Framework and CHARP Results
  11. BC Centre for Disease Control – Harm Reduction Guidelines
  12. Canadian Nurses Association – Harm Reduction
  13. Harm Reduction Nurses Association
  14. Looking for help and support concerning drug use and addiction?
  15. Read: Decriminalizing People Who Use Drugs: A Primer for Municipal and Provincial Governments, November 2020
  16. A Reflection on Sex Work and Harm Reduction Discourse, June 2020
  17. Gendering the Scene: Women, Gender-Diverse People, and Harm Reduction in Canada, May 12, 2020
  18. Indigenous Harm Reduction = Reducing the Harms of Colonialism, 2019
  19. Harm Reduction Services for Indigenous People Who Use Drugs: Questions and Answers, April 20. 2017
  20. “Nothing About Us Without Us” Greater, Meaningful Involvement of People Who Use Illegal Drugs: A Public Health, Ethical, and Human Rights Imperative, 2005
  21. Harm Reduction and Substance Use (Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care and Harm Reduction Nurses Association)

International Resources

  1. Harm Reduction International – What is Harm Reduction?
  2. International People Who Use Drugs (INPUD)
  3. International Drug Policy Consortium 
  4. National Harm Reduction Coalition – Harm Reduction Education On-Demand
  5. Harm Reduction and Women: An International Human Rights Approach
  6. Is Decriminalisation Enough? Drug User Community Voices from Portugal
  7. The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020
  8. Read: Moving Beyond ‘People-First’ Language: A glossary of contested terms in substance use
  9. Words Matter! INPUD & ANPUD Language Statement & Reference Guide
  10. World Drug Report 2020 (United Nations):-

The Canadian Prison System: Realities and Innovative Practices

34th Quebec Harm Reduction Conference

April 22, 2021

12:20-1:45 pm Pacific     1:20-2:45 pm Mountain     2:20-3:45 pm Central     3:20-4:45 pm Eastern

4:20-5:45 pm Atlantic     4:50-6:15 pm Newfoundland and Labrador

Today, harm reduction is slowly making its way into prison settings. However, in reality, this approach is not sufficiently implemented, and often poorly thought out for incarcerated people who use substances. With a critical eye, we will revisit harm reduction policies in prisons, while presenting Canadian examples of innovative projects and programs.

Register

Panelists

Hard Time: harm reduction policy in federal prisons
Sandra Ka Hon Chu, HIV Legal Network
Real Talk
Alison Bray, Harm Reduction-Community Education Coordinator of the Toronto Drop-In Centre à the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS)
In-Reach and Prison Needle Exchange Program (PNEP): A PASAN Perspective
Nicole Alexander et Chris McNab, Federal In-Reach Community Development Coordinators, PASAN
Harm Reduction in Ontario Provincial Jails
Lindsay Jennings, Provincial Hep C Program Coordinator, PASAN
A Project for Access to Naloxone in a Context of Incarceration
Marilyn Coutu, Oasis Mobile

Resources

  1. Website: Prison Health Now
  2. Website: PASAN is a community-based prisoner health and harm reduction organization that provides support, education and advocacy to prisoners and ex-prisoners across Canada.
  3. Website: HIV Legal Network’s work on Prisons
  4. Journal Article: Correctional services during and beyond COVID-19, April 8, 2021
  5. Watch: Overcoming stigma and violence against incarcerated and drug using women, March 24, 2021
  6. Media: Correctional Service of Canada fails to track employees accused of sexual assault in prisons, March 8, 2021
  7. Blog: Hepatitis C infection secondary to illicit drug use for prisoners within the correctional system, March 3, 2021
  8. Media: Houses of hate: How Canada’s prison system is broken, February 28, 2021
  9. Report: No Turning Back: [Canadian Bar Association] Task Force Report on Justice Issues Arising from COVID-19, February 17, 2021
  10. Read: Transitioning from incarceration to the community: Reducing risks and improving lives of people who use substances, November 23, 2020
  11. Report: Decriminalizing People Who Use Drugs: A Primer for Municipal and Provincial Governments, November 12, 2020
  12. Read: Human Rights Groups File Legal Challenge Citing Canada’s Failure to Protect Prisoners’ Health in the Context of COVID-19, October 14, 2020
  13. Report: Office of the Correctional Investigator Annual Report 2019-2020, June 16, 2020
    1. Recommendation 5: I recommend that CSC review independent Patient Advocate models in place in Canada and internationally, develop a framework for federal corrections and report publicly on its intentions in 2020-21 with full implementation of an external Patient Advocate system in 2021-22.
  14. Journal Article: Recent incarceration and risk of first-time injection initiation assistance: A prospective cohort study of persons who inject drugs, April 29, 2020
  15. News Release: A Public Health Failure: Former Prisoner and HIV Gropus in Court Suing the Government of Canada for Failing to Provide Effective Access to Prison Needle and Syringe Program, March 5, 2020
  16. Report: Focus on Harm Reduction for Injection Drug Use in Canadian Prisons: A supplement to CNA’s Harm Reduction Discussion Paper
  17. Read: Prison Needle Exchange Program, August 28, 2019
  18. Read: Prison – Based Needle and Syringe Programs, July 11, 2019
    1. Policy Brief on the Correctional Service of Canada’s Prison Needle Exchange Program
    2. Fact Sheet that Dispels Some of the Common Myths
  19. Read: Open Letter to the Government of Canada on the Evaluation of its “Prison Needle Exchange Program”, March 25, 2019
  20. Read: Improve Access to Naloxone in Federal Prisons, September 6, 2018
  21. Read: The “Problem of Health Care” in Canada’s Federal Prisons, March 2018
  22. Journal Article: Health in correctional facilities is health in our communities, March 12, 2018
  23. Journal Article: HIV and hepatitis C virus infections in Quebec’s provincial detention centres: comparing prevalence and related risky behaviours between 2003 and 2014-2015, May 11, 2017
  24. Report: Indigenous Communities and HIV and HCV in Federal Prisons: Questions and Answers, April 2017
  25. Clinical Review: Health status of prisoners in Canada, 2016
  26. Report: UN Experts Make Historic Recommendations to Canada: End Unjust HIV Criminalization, Repeal Law Restricting Supervised Consumption Services, and Implement Needle and Syringe Programs in Prisons, November 18, 2016
  27. Journal Article: Health status of prisoners in Canada, March 2016
  28. Read: Office of the Correctional Investigator: Access to Physical and Mental Health Care, March 14, 2016
  29. Report: ON POINT: Recommendations for Prison Based Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada, January 2016
  30. Journal Article: Prison health care inequality, April 2, 2013
  31. Journal Article: Incidence and risk factors for non-fatal overdose among a cohort of recently incarcerated illicit drug users, February 7, 2012
  32. Journal Article: Peer health promotion in prisons: a systematic review, 2011

International Resources

  1. Read: Prisons Are a Public Health Crisis — and the Cure Is Right in Front of Us, October 13, 2020
  2. Read: Incarceration Should Not Be a Death Sentence, July 21, 2020
  3. Journal Article: Prison-based needle and syringe programmes (PNSP) – Still highly controversial after all these years, June 15, 2015

When Harm Reduction Loses its Authenticity

December 8, 2020

Today, the term Harm Reduction is everywhere, often misunderstood and sometimes misused. Its principles and philosophy are forgotten, leaving room for a false vision of what it represents. People who use drugs and social justice are at the centre, it goes beyond risk reduction. In addition to speaking to its philosophy, principles and values, this webinar will provide insights into various practices and the creation of safe spaces for people who use drugs.

Panelists

Resources

  1. Beyond the Buzzword: A Concept Analysis of Harm Reduction, 2019
  2. Harm reduction in name, but not substance: a comparative analysis of current Canadian provincial and territorial policy frameworks, July 26, 2017
  3. Beyond the Buzzword: The Evolution of Harm Reduction by Dominique Denis-Lalonde – Canadian Harm Reduction Nurses Association
  4. Harm Reduction Service Model (Victoria Safer Initiative)
  5. Crackdown
  6. Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
  7. Canadian Drug Policy Coalition – Harm Reduction 
  8. CATIE – Substance Use and Harm Reduction 
  9. Canadian Public Health Association – Can You Identify and Apply Harm Reduction Strategies
  10. Website: CRISM – CHARP Framework and CHARP Results
  11. BC Centre for Disease Control – Harm Reduction Guidelines
  12. Canadian Nurses Association – Harm Reduction
  13. Harm Reduction Nurses Association
  14. Looking for help and support concerning drug use and addiction?
  15. Read: Decriminalizing People Who Use Drugs: A Primer for Municipal and Provincial Governments, November 2020
  16. A Reflection on Sex Work and Harm Reduction Discourse, June 2020
  17. Gendering the Scene: Women, Gender-Diverse People, and Harm Reduction in Canada, May 12, 2020
  18. Indigenous Harm Reduction = Reducing the Harms of Colonialism, 2019
  19. Harm Reduction Services for Indigenous People Who Use Drugs: Questions and Answers, April 20. 2017
  20. “Nothing About Us Without Us” Greater, Meaningful Involvement of People Who Use Illegal Drugs: A Public Health, Ethical, and Human Rights Imperative, 2005
  21. Harm Reduction and Substance Use (Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care and Harm Reduction Nurses Association)

International Resources

  1. Harm Reduction International – What is Harm Reduction?
  2. International People Who Use Drugs (INPUD)
  3. International Drug Policy Consortium 
  4. National Harm Reduction Coalition – Harm Reduction Education On-Demand
  5. Harm Reduction and Women: An International Human Rights Approach
  6. Is Decriminalisation Enough? Drug User Community Voices from Portugal
  7. The Global State of Harm Reduction 2020
  8. Read: Moving Beyond ‘People-First’ Language: A glossary of contested terms in substance use
  9. Words Matter! INPUD & ANPUD Language Statement & Reference Guide
  10. World Drug Report 2020 (United Nations):-

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