Harm reduction was identified by members as a priority issue at the Association AGM in March. The following motion was brought forward by members and passed:
“To partner with CNA and the Aboriginal nurses of Manitoba to work towards awareness, collaborative action, cultural safety and cultural sensitivity around the issues of addictions and harm reduction practices.”
In response the Association has begun to develop activities and advocacy in this area and will continue to dive deeper into this work.
- We have met with key stakeholders to discuss collaborative opportunities including the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network, WRHA Healthy Public Policy and WRHA Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction
- The Association will be a key stakeholder on the Manitoba Harm Reduction Leadership Council
- The Association hosted “Harm Reduction: Because it’s 2017” presented by Shelley Marshall RN PhD(C) on June 6
- The Association participated in the Drug & Overdose Matters – Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction Conference
- In July, the Association met with Manitoba Health, Population and Public Health to discuss the opioid crisis
Additionally, the Association has consulted with CNA. CNA has done work nationally around this issue, including a recent webinar series — Substance Use Trends in Canada: What Nurses Need to Know (2017). These resources can be found at cna-aiic.ca.