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  • Bancroft

    Ontario

    Activity: Memorial Plaque Unveiling
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 04:20 pm
    Location: 23B Bridge St W
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: North Hastings Community Trust
    Contact: Victoria Burke
    Phone:
    Email:

    We will be unveiling a community art project that is a memorial plaque to honor the lives we have lost to overdoses.

    Prince Rupert

    BC

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: Git Loch M’oon (1600 Park Avenue, Prince Rupert BC)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Friendship House Association Prince Rupert
    Contact: Katie M
    Phone: 250-600-4247
    Email:

    Naloxone training, harm reduction with drugs and alcohol, community resources and supports

    Surrey

    British Columbia

    Activity: Remembering those gone too soon
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara
    7050 120 St, Surrey, BC V3W 3M8
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Students Overcoming Substance Use Disorder & Addictions Society of Canada
    Contact: Gurkirat Singh
    Phone: +16046171324
    Email: soouda@samhaa.org

    – Remembering lives gone too soon
    -Ending stigma & building capacity through
    community outreach.
    – Introducing harm reduction skills to
    vulnerable populations.
    – Providing culturally relevant, language-
    specific overdose response &
    prevention training.
    – Naloxone Training
    – Connecting families with mental health &
    substance use resources.

    Brockville

    Ontario

    Activity: jesbesharah@gmail.com
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: City Hall
    1 King st W
    Brockville, On
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: jes besharah
    Phone: 6138027143
    Email: jesbesharah@gmail.com

    We want to gather together to the people we have lost to bad drug policies. This will be a place to hold them up, remember the good times and educate others on just how big this problem actually is. Please come join us. Laugh, cry, whatever you want. This is the time and place for us all to share our losses.

    Brantford

    ON

    Activity: Brantford’s 3rd Annual International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Brantford District Labour Centre 1100 Clarence St Parking Lot
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Brantford Substance Users Network
    Contact: Shawna Bray
    Phone: 226 227-7005
    Email: shawnabray@bsun.live

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00
    8 to 9 is the Candlelight Vigil
    Admission: Free with Free Pizza
    6:00 Welcome and speakers – Free Pizza and Water
    6:30 BTW Street Theatre Troupe
    7:00 Screening of INDISPOSABLE: A Devised Theatre Exploration Into Brantford’s Opioid Epidemic
    8:00 Candlelight Vigil Walk to Victoria Park

    PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR PREVIOSLY POSTED EVENT
    HAS BEEN MOVED

    Montréal

    Quebec

    Activity: Lederhosen Lucil Dedicated Rehearsal Set…from the Pantry to your living rooms!
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: Youtube broadcast / instagram @kllmuir teaser leading up to stream…
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Lucil
    Phone: N/A
    Email: lederhosenlucil@gmail.com

    We heard about International Overdose Prevention Day recently through Holy Crap Podcast hosts Cinnamon and John. This 10-song Lederhosen Lucil (in her StarWarshosen) set will be dedicated to two of Krista’s friends – one who did and one who didn’t survive accidental overdoses back in the 90’s/early 2000’s. We are still learning about overdose prevention ourselves but wanted to sing in solidarity with other artists, musicians, teachers, parents – concerned citizens of the world – as part of International Overdose Prevention Day.

    Regina and MooseJaw

    Sask Canada

    Activity: Remember and Prevent
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 3355 6th ave Regina
    637 Main St N Moosejaw
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Ronni
    Phone:
    Email: Ronni@nordallaw.ca

    Raise awareness that lives do not need to be lost to overdose.

    Delta

    Ontario

    Activity: Purple ribbon
    Date: 25/08/2021
    Time:
    Location: Delta, Ontario, Canada
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Anthea Brown
    Phone:
    Email:

    I have tied 35 purple ribbons on our trees in memory of our son who died of fentanyl poisoning.

    Toronto

    Ontario

    Activity: Remembering Ontario’s Victims of Opioid Use Disorder
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: Bellvue Square Park
    5 Bellevue Ave
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 2N4
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: FRAEM (the Foundation for the Responsible Administration of Emergency Medicines)
    Contact: JASON NEWMAN
    Phone: 15196399453
    Email: info@administeremergencymedicines.com

    Come join us and tell us about someone you lost to the opioid crisis. We are here to listen. Harm reduction supplies are also available.

    Kingston

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Fundraiser
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Samantha Brown
    Phone: 6138880055
    Email:

    On October 5th 2019, a fentanyl overdose took the life of my brother in-law Kyle Brown, who was taken from us way too soon. I have witnessed and continue to feel the grief and sorrow associated with this tragic loss. Therefore, this day holds a very special place in mine and my family’s heart! Now is the time to remember and the time to act! We teamed up with Multi Innovations and created T-shirts and hats to raise awareness and remember/honour Kyle. We raised $1370 and proceeds are being donated to KFLA Addictions and Mental Health Services in our hometown Kingston, ON. An organization that offers programs and services to those struggling from all type of mental illness and addictions. On August 31st we will wear our t-shirts and hats in hopes to spread awareness, speak openly/honestly about overdose/addiction, end the silence and proudly honour Kyle.

    Terrace

    BC

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day BBQ
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: George Little Park
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Lana
    Phone: 250-922-4520
    Email: lanagreene757@gmail.com

    Drumming, BBQ, Sharing, rock painting

    Moncton

    New Brunswick

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 80 Weldon Street – Back parking lot
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ENSEMBLE
    Contact: Ashley Legere
    Phone: 506-859-9616
    Email: alegere@ensemblegm.ca

    In association with the John Howard Society of Canada, Ensemble – located at 80 Weldon street, will be having a free BBQ, naloxone training, merch table, point of care testing for Hep C and a moment of silence to remember our lost loved ones from 11am-3pm.

    Delta

    British Columbia

    Activity: End the Stigma
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time:
    Location: Online
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: City of Delta
    Contact: Olga Shcherbyna
    Phone: 604-946-3273
    Email: communications@delta.ca

    On August 31, 2021, the City of Delta, in collaboration with Fraser Health Authority, Delta Police Department, Delta School District and Tsawwassen First Nation will launch the Share Your Story initiative. The initiative builds on the End the Stigma campaign, launched in 2020, and which aims to combat stigma around using drugs and promotes harm reduction supports and resources available in Delta. The second phase of the campaign will include a social media campaign with videos featuring a community advocate with a lived experience of using drugs telling his story and answering questions about the harm reduction approach to supporting those who use drugs. In addition, the City will launch a new platform for community members to share their stories and a poster with sites in Delta to check your drugs for safety and get a free naloxone kits.

    Victoria

    British Columbia

    Activity: Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: Jennifer Howard
    Phone: 250-889-5926
    Email: jennifer.howard@momsstoptheharm.com

    Live Streamed Facebook Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance – A free online memorial event featuring words of remembrance and live music by local musician, Jill Cooper plus guest speakers, Leslie McBain (Moms Stop The Harm), Lisa Lapointe (BC Chief Coroner), Jennifer Charlesworth (Representative for Children and Youth) and Adam Olsen (Green Party MLA). Through words and song we will gather in loving remembrance of all those who died from overdose. Please light a candle in remembrance of your loved one and join us this evening.

    Newmarket

    Ontario

    Activity: York Region Public Health Overdose Awareness Day Social Media
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: york.ca/opioids
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Regional Municipality of York (York Region)
    Contact: Amy Hlaing
    Phone: 1-877-464-9675
    Email: substance@york.ca

    This is a social media campaign to recognize the day on August 31 in coordination with our partner organizations on our Opioid Action work group.

    Saint-Jérôme

    QC

    Activity: Journée Internationale de Sensibilisation aux Surdoses
    Date: 27/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Le Dispensaire
    527 rue Saint-Georges
    Saint-Jérôme, QC,
    J7Z 5B6
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: Isabelle Fortier
    Phone: 418-809-6118
    Email: msthfranco@gmail.com

    Join regional leader from Moms Stop the Harm and harm reduction staff from Le Dispensaire for an afternoon of remembrance, education, and naloxone training. Live music and public speeches.

    Montréal

    Québec

    Activity: Journée Internationale de Sensibilisation aux Surdoses
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: Place Émilie-Gamelin
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: Isabelle Fortier
    Phone: 418-809-6118
    Email: msthfranco@gmail.com

    Journée de sensibilisation et de commémoration des personnes décédées par surdoses.

    Kiosques d’information et de sensibilisation.

    Angus

    Ontario

    Activity: Mental Health First Aid
    Date: 23/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: This will be an online event via Zoom
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: WellRight Centre
    Phone:
    Email: info@wellrightcentre.ca

    I am offering Mental Health First Training Sept 22&23, 2021 as well as October 2, 2021. I will be contributing 15% of each registered participant up until Sept 1, 2021.

    Truro and Amherst

    NS

    Activity: One Overdose Death is One Too Many
    Date: 27/08/2021
    Time: 09:09 am
    Location: 33 Pleasant Street
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Northern Healthy Connections Society
    Contact: Albert McNutt
    Phone: 19028950931
    Email: super@nhcsociety.ca

    In both Truro and Amherst the Northern Healthy Connections Society will have a display board promoting the Harm Reduction/Needle Exchange/Naloxone Training provided throughout the northern zone of Nova Scotia (Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou Counties). This area is also home to three Indigenous/First Nations Communities (Millbrook, Sipkne’katik and Pictou Landing). Posters and information has been displayed and distributed in various locations such as local Pharmacies, Library, Public Health, Mental Health, etc. The display board and Naloxone Training will be set up at the Farmers’ Market in Amherst, Nova Scotia on Friday August 27th and at the Truro Farmers’ Market on Saturday August 28th. Board members will be joining the staff to assist. There will be copies of the material downloaded and printed related to overdoes and opioids, alcohol, stimulants, meth, etc available to anyone interested in acquiring educational and awareness material.

    Calgary

    Alberta

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: Central Memorial Park
    1221 2st sw, Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0W5
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Street Cats YYC
    Contact: Ally
    Phone:
    Email: Streetcatsyyc@gmail.com

    Candle Light Vigil
    •Flameless candles provided
    •Remembrance Board
    •Speakers
    •Performances

    A day of awareness is needed to grieve the lives lost, celebrate the lives saved, and educate folks on the necessary call to action to end the overdose crisis.

    People who use drugs are dying and need to be the centre of policies and strategies. This is done through Harm Reduction. Harm Reduction provides access to tools, support, information, and resources free of fear of stigma or retribution.

    Join us as we take time to remember those we lost, learn how to take action, and collectively provide healing space as a community.

    Cobourg

    ON

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021 Northumberland County
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Victoria Hall, in front of building
    55 King Street West
    Cobourg, ON K9A 2K4
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: Missy McLean
    Phone: 6478806363
    Email: missyhopemclean@gmail.com

    Memorial and Awareness Day Event
    An opportunity to decorate flags and rocks in memory of those lost to overdose.
    Free Naloxone training
    Sidewalk Talks
    Education about harm reduction
    Sharing advocacy initiatives, including petition onsite for signing

    Cobourg

    ON

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021 Northumberland County
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: Victoria Hall, in front of building
    55 King Street West
    Cobourg, ON K9A 2M2
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: Missy McLean
    Phone: 6478806363
    Email: missyhopemclean@gmail.com

    Candlelight Vigil
    Opportunity to share names and short stories about loved ones lost to overdose.
    Community members are invited to submit requests to speak or have someone share on their behalf by completing this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XAcGys9eh3ZoLf1IGJycplLgPuVvSr6I_9fxzYT1HDk/edit

    Cranbrook

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021: Cranbrook
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: 209A 16 Ave N Cranbrook, British Columbia
    Parking Lot of the Community Connections Building of Southeast BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: East Kootenay Network of People who Use Drugs
    Contact: Jessica Lamb
    Phone: 2504278008
    Email: supply.or.we.die@gmail.com

    EKNPUD in collaboration with ANKORS are hosting activities in the Parking Lot of Community Connections Society of Southeast BC building at 209A 16 Avenue North. They include; Naloxone Training, Pop-up Inhalation OPS, Community Based Resources, food by Healthy Caring Meals, Drug Checking (at Ankors), Live Music, an Art Exhibit, a memorial to those we have lost, and much more. It is a day that is about healing, community, connection, and collaboration.

    Kimberley

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness
    Date: 23/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: The Platzl
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: East Kootenay Network of People who Use Drugs
    Contact: Jessica Lamb
    Phone: 2504278008
    Email: supply.or.we.die@gmail.com

    We will be tying purple ribbon bows to 28 trees in the Platzl in Kimberley to honour the 28 people who have died from accidental drug poisonings in the East Kootenay’s in the past 19 months. Each bow will have a heart attached to it with a fact about overdoses, and information for our event happening in Cranbrook on August 31, 2021.

    Abbotsford

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Walk and Gathering
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Mill Lake Shelter #2 (water park)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: LIFE Recovery Association
    Contact: Coletta Holmes
    Phone: 604-855-4440
    Email: director@liferecovery.ca

    Please join us as we remember lives lost in the overdose epidemic.

    6:30 Welcome and Walk
    7:30 Memorial Ceremony

    Prince George

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:30 pm
    Location: Site of Mr. PG @ the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 97.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm, Positive Living North, The Pounds Project, PG Community Action Team, Hospice Hearts
    Contact: Corinne Woods
    Phone:
    Email: cvwoods@shaw.ca

    Naloxone training, injectable and nasal. Harm reduction education. Family friendly space, snacks and refreshments, memorial crafts.
    Please join us from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the site of Mr. PG. for harm reduction education and to remember our loved ones lost to opioid poisonings. Candlelight vigil at dusk and Mr. PG will light up purple, with an IOAD flag to fly throughout the week.
    We welcome the opportunity for our community to gather together to reduce the stigma that surrounds those who use substances, to honour our loved ones who lost their fight, and to acknowledge the grief of the families left behind.

    Whitehorse

    Yukon

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day at LePage Park
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: LePage Park corner of 3rd Ave. and Wood St.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Blood Ties Four Directions
    Contact: Britt Olaney
    Phone: +1 (867) 332-8267
    Email: education@bloodties.ca

    Supportive listening and memorial table
    Naloxone training
    Food table
    Resources and partnership tables

    TORONTO

    ON

    Activity: TORONTO IOAD Flag Raising (AM) and Candlelight Vigil (PM)
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 11am – Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto – FLAG RAISING8PM – Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto (at the south side of the CN Tower) – CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm, SISTERING & Families for Addiction Recovery
    Contact: Irene Paterson
    Phone:
    Email:

    Mayor John Tory has proclaimed August 31st Overdose Awareness Day in Toronto, ON, CANADA
    • 11:00am, AUGUST 31ST – Mayor John Tory will raise the IOAD FLAG at TORONTO CITY HALL, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto.
    View the flag rising from Nathan Phillips Square. Bring a photo of your loved one as we remember them. (Arrive 10:45am)
    • 8pm, AUGUST 31st – The CN TOWER will illuminate PURPLE in recognition of INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY.
    Join us at Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd for a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL as we remember our loved ones and give strength to those struggling today.

    This year Flags of Hope has collaborated with SISTERING and the YORK HERITAGE QUILTERS GUILD to craft quilts of remembrance from our Flags of Hope. These works of art will be on display at Nathan Phillips Square for the morning Flag Raising ceremony and at the base of CN Tower (Roundhouse Park) for the evening illumination and candlelight ceremony.
    By holding these events, we are joining a global movement for Understanding, Compassion, Awareness and Change.

    Flags of Hope, Change the Face of Addiction: By creating Flags of Hope, we are sending love and light to those who have passed due to drug related harms, and to those currently struggling. They also help raise awareness and strengthen the hope that there will be an end to the current crisis.

    Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH) is a network of Canadian families whose loved ones died from drug related harms or who have struggled with substance use. We call for an end to the failed war on drugs and embrace an approach that reduces harm and respects human rights. People who use drugs should not be criminalized and must be treated with compassion and respect.

    SISTERING is a low-barrier multi-service agency that offers practical and emotional support to marginalized women and diverse trans people through programs, which enable them to take greater control over their lives, including a harm reduction.

    Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) is a national charity founded by parents of children who have struggled with addiction from their teens. Our goal is long-term recovery for those with addiction and their families. FAR’s mission is to support families affected by substance use disorder and protect persons struggling with SUD, particularly youth, by promoting publicly-funded, timely, compassionate, evidence-based treatment; supporting research; and working to end stigma.

    York Heritage Quilters Guild York strives to preserve the heritage of quilt making as a craft and art form. Our members promote learning, sharing and workmanship with each other and with the community. We will display heritage quilts made by the quilter’s guild from our Flags of Hope

    Sarnia

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Sarnia/Lambton Event – In Memory of Those We’ve Lost
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Centennial Park, downtown Sarnia, near the fish fountain.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Bluewater Health
    Contact: Laurie Hicks
    Phone: 519-333-7317
    Email: lhicks@bluewaterhealth.ca

    Participants will be provided a purple carnation and a purple ribbon. They can write the name of the person they lost on the purple ribbon and tie it around the railing along the river. Local MH&A resources will be offered.

    Penticton

    BC

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day @ Gyro
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Gyro Park – Penticton
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Interior Health
    Contact: Melissa
    Phone:
    Email: melissa.mundy@interiorhealth.ca

    Join us August 31, 2021 from 10am-2pm at Gyro Park Penticton

    Interior Health & Community Partner Agencies

    Naloxone training and kits, information on how to connect and more..

    More details TBA

    Fredericton

    Activity: Fredericton International Overdose Awareness Day Community BBQ
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Phoenix Square – Fredericton City Hall
    198 York St.,
    Fredericton, NB
    E3B 3N7
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: River Stone Recovery Centre
    Contact: Kate Harland
    Phone:
    Email: kate.harland@recoverynb.ca

    This event is a community BBQ with local organizations on site who work with people who use drugs in our community. There will be a moment of silence, guest speakers and a memorial set up to pay respect for individuals in our community who have been effected by the overdose crisis.

    Kitchener

    Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Vigil (Region of Waterloo)
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Victoria Park Clock Tower, Kitchener, ON, N2G 1J2
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Jesse Burt
    Phone: 519-465-3994
    Email: OverdoseAwarenessWR@gmail.com

    A two part event will be taking place at Victoria Park Clock Tower. A group of community members will be hosting a drop-in from 11:00am – 6:30pm. The drop-in will be for; public education, creating a space for the community to come together to learn from different experiences and perspectives. To help bridge the larger community’s understanding of substance use, stigma and structural issues. It will consist of a visual reminder of the 370+ unique individuals who have passed away since 2017 in Waterloo Region. As well as a self guided education tour of this health crisis, including Naloxone distribution and training, support circles, music and art.

    The day will end with a Vigil at 6:30pm – 8pm for those community members who are impacted by this health crisis. There will be speeches, stories, poems, and songs shared by those who are living this reality every day. Pizza (limited) and drinks will be available for our folks.

    We believe in solidarity, we ask others who have been directly or indirectly impacted to come together to mourn, support, and learn what can be done to end any further preventable deaths. We invite you to come join in conversations on how we can shift the dialogue and the responsibility in this crisis by asking for change at all levels of government, including our Region. To do this, we are asking everyone to show up as individuals, not representing a job or organization but as humans who care. No organization is running this event, just affected community members. Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome. Please help spread the word.

    On the Day:
    1) Follow Covid-19 safety measures; practice social distancing, wear a mask
    2) Wear purple or black (or your Supportive Shirts)
    3) There is limited parking but there is nearby street parking on (Roland St, Schneider St, David St and Dill St)

    If you would like to get involved, volunteer, support the event or have questions please email OverdoseAwarenessWR@gmail.com

    Nanaimo

    NANAIMO

    Activity: IOAD 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Maffeo Sutton Park (12 to 6pm) and Wisteria Lane (8pm to 10pm)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Nanaimo Community Action Team on the Overdose Crisis
    Contact: Tanis Dagert
    Phone: 250-668-5159
    Email: catnanaimo@gmail.com

    Nanaimo – noon to 6 pm, August 31, Maffeo Sutton Park, 100 Comox Road. Hosted by the Nanaimo Community Action Team on the Overdose Crisis (a.k.a. the Nanaimo CAT). Highlights include welcome and prayer on behalf of Snuneymuxw First Nations, reading of the City of Nanaimo International Overdose Awareness Day Proclamation, speakers and story sharing, meet local service providers at pop-up resource tables, naloxone training and harm reduction education on behalf of AVI, art in the park with Rise Bridge and more! That evening from sunset (8pm) on an LED Light Vigil will be held at Wisteria Community Association’s Overdose Memorial Garden. Lights will
    illuminate the garden and hearts at the corner of Wisteria Lane and Milton. As well, the Nanaimo Bastion will be lit up in purple and purple ribbons will be put up around the community in honor of loved ones lost, by Moms Stop the Harm.

    Ottawa

    Ontario

    Activity: In memory of those lost to overdose, toxic drug poisonings.
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: 110 Laurier Ave – IOAD flag at half mast
    Ottawa sign – 6 York Street “purple illumination”
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Christine Wingate
    Phone:
    Email: wingatecj282@gmail.com

    IOAD Flag will be flown at half mast on 110 Laurier West Marion Dewar Bldg, City Hall. From sunrise to sunset.

    The “OTTAWA” sign will be illuminated purple at 6 York Street, at dusk.

    Mayor Jim Watson will present the IOAD-Ottawa Proclamation at 11:30 am in front of the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument -229 Elgin Street.

    Christine Wingate of Moms Stop The Harm will speak in front of the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument at 229 Elgin Street. This event which is organized by Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in partnership with other organizations starts at 11:30 am.

     

    Salmo

    British Columbia

    Activity: Salmo’s 1st Annual IOAD Event
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: 311 Railway Avenue, Salmo, BC, V0G 1Z0
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Jacqueline Huser
    Phone: 250-357-9686
    Email: jacquiehuser@gmail.com

    There will be an information table for resources
    Bring a picture of your loved one that lost their life to drug toxicity – we will honor, celebrate, and remember them!
    Watch a livestreamed Candlelight Vigil at 6:30pm (bring your own chair):
    Guest Speakers: Lisa LaPointe (BC Chief Coroner), Jennifer Charlesworth (Representative for Children and Youth), Adam Olsen (Green Party MLA) and Leslie McBain (Moms Stop the Harm)
    Hosted by www.momsstoptheharm.com
    Sign up for Naloxone Training to be facilitated by ANCHORS at a later date

    Saskatoon

    Saskatchewan

    Activity: We Remember
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 09:30 am
    Location: Saskatchewan Legislative Building
    2405 Legislative Dr, Regina, SK S4S 0B3
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Prairie Harm Reduction
    Contact: Jason Mercredi
    Phone: 3062425005
    Email: admin@prairiehr.ca

    1,600 crosses will be placed on the laws of the Saskatchewan Legislature to bring awareness to all the overdose deaths that have taken place in Saskatchewan since 2010.

    Abbotsford

    BC

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day March 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: 2552 McCallum Rd to 33737 George Ferguson Way
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Drug War Survivors Abbotsford
    Contact: Brittany Maple
    Phone: 778-201-8899
    Email: Brittany@drugwarsurvivors.com

    We are marching from Jubilee Park to Trinity memorial United church followed by a free bbq, speakers, music and awards. Come join us to honour those we have lost and push for change for our communities!

    Barrie

    Ontario

    Activity: Vigil of Hope and Remembrance
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: Meridan Place, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ryan’s Hope
    Contact: Christine Nayler
    Phone: 249-733-3489
    Email: ryanshopeandhonour@gmail.com

    In honour of International Overdose Awareness Day and in memory of lives lost due to the toxic drug crisis we invite you to join us for a candlelight vigil at Meridian Place at 8:00 pm on August 31st.

    There will some songs of remembrance followed by a moment of silence, some words by family and friends of those lost and lightning of candles (battery operated)

    Our Flags of Hope will be a part of these ceremonies after which time they will be displayed in the downtown branch of the Barrie Library for a limited time.

    As purple is the colour of IOAD people are invited to wear purple.

    As August is International Overdose Awareness Month people are invited to tie purple ribbons around their trees in remembrance of lives lost.

    In keeping with COVID health guidelines, we are limiting the size of the gathering to 100 people. Purple ribbons will be handed as people arrive. Those attending are reminded to keep 6 feet apart from those not in their household and to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible. Masks will be provided for those that need one

    Barrie

    Ontario

    Activity: Ceremony of Hope and Remembrance
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Barrie City Hall, Barrie Ontario
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ryan’s Hope
    Contact: Christine Nayler
    Phone: 249-733-3489
    Email: ryanshopeandhonour@gmail.com

    On International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, 2021 we invite you to join us for a Ceremony of Hope and Remembrance at City Hall in memory of lives lost due to the toxic drug crisis.

    Our ceremony will begin at 10:00 am and will include the lowering of flags in memory of those lost due to the toxic drug crisis, a moment of silence followed by words of remembrance and hope.

    The Gilbert Centre will be on-site sharing information about Harm reduction and handing out Naloxone kits. Hospice Simcoe will be on hand to offer grief support.

    As purple is the colour of IOAD people are invited to wear purple.

    As August is International Overdose Awareness Month people are invited to tie purple ribbons around their trees in remembrance of lives lost.

    In keeping with COVID health guidelines, we are limiting the size of the gathering to 100 people. Those attending are reminded to keep 6 feet apart from those not in their household and to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible. Masks will be provided for those that need one.

    Castlegar

    British Columbia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Event: Free Barbeque, Harm Reduction & Fundraiser.
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 1660 Columbia Avenue
    Flamingo Motel Parking Lot
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Castlegar & District Community Services Society
    Contact: Kristein Johnson
    Phone: 250 608 0264
    Email: kristein.johnson@cdcss.ca

    Castlegar & District Community Services Society is hosting an Overdose Awareness Day event. Free barbeque, harm reduction supplies, naloxone training, as well as relevant information and local resources will be available. Join us in the conversation about the importance of harm reduction and destigmatization of substance use on August 31st!

    Castlegar

    British Columbia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Event: Free Barbeque, Harm Reduction & Fundraiser.
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time:
    Location: 1660 Columbia Avenue
    Flamingo Motel Parking Lot
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Castlegar & District Community Services Society
    Contact: Anastasia Koroleva
    Phone: 2503048791
    Email: marketing@cdcss.ca

    Castlegar & District Community Services Society is hosting an Overdose Awareness Day event. Free barbeque, harm reduction supplies, naloxone training, as well as relevant information and local resources will be available. Join us in the conversation about the importance of harm reduction and destigmatization of substance use on August 31st!

    Calgary

    Alberta

    Activity: Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis – Screening
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:15 pm
    Location: Central Library – Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall
    800 3 Street Southeast
    Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall
    Calgary, AB T2G 0E7
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Safeworks – AHS
    Contact: Safeworks Harm Reduction
    Phone: 14038639769
    Email: safeworksharmreduction@albertahealthservices.ca

    On this International Overdose Awareness Day, please join Safeworks for a free screening of Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis followed by a panel discussion with local experts.
    5:15pm – 7:30pm at the Central Library in Calgary
    This TELUS Health Originals documentary, tells the human story behind the overdose epidemic affecting Canada. The documentary seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of addiction by educating and informing viewers on what Fentanyl is and how it is affecting our country.

    Calgary

    Alberta

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day in the Park
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary, AB, T2R 0W5
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Safeworks
    Contact: Safeworks Harm Reduction
    Phone: 14038639769
    Email: safeworksharmreduction@albertahealthservices.ca

    Join us at Central Memorial Park starting at 10:00am for speakers, performances and more to help us all understand how this affects each one of us. Come join us to remember the loved ones we have lost. It’s time to Remember. It’s time to Act.

    Campbell River

    British Columbia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day- Campbell River
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Spirit Square, on Shoppers Row, Downtown Campbell River.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Campbell River Community Action Team
    Contact: Gwen Donaldson
    Phone:
    Email: info@communityactioncr.ca

    Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, from 11-3 pm in Spirit Square for Overdose Awareness Day. We will have education stations set up, including naloxone training, harm reduction, and other community resources. We will also have community-based art projects focused on raising awareness of the impact of the illicit Drug-Poisoning crisis in our region.

    Mississauga

    Ontario

    Activity: DrinkSmart Overdose Awareness
    Date: 24/08/2021
    Time:
    Location: Online – Across Ontario
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: DrinkSmart
    Contact: Lora
    Phone:
    Email: info@drinksmart.ca

    Online trivia to break down myths and share DrinkSmartTIPS related to alcohol overdose prevention, signs, and responses.

    Mission

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Artwalk
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: Downtown Mission – First Avenue
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Mission Overdose Community Action Team
    Contact: Kat Wahamaa
    Phone:
    Email: stopoverdosemission@gmail.com

    Community art displayed in downtown Mission businesses.
    Music – MarKaren, Low Barrier Chorus (harm reduction choir) and more.
    Resource tables, Naloxone training, conversation.
    6:30 PM – Remembrance Vigil

    North Bay

    Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day (Week) North Bay & Area,ON
    Date: 30/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Mattawa, and Parry Sound Ontario.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Erin Russell (Volunteer Committee Member, Co-Chair Harm Reduction Pillar- North Bay (CDSNBA)
    Phone: https://m.facebook.com/Overdose-Awareness-Day-North-Bay-434777910711126/
    Email: harmreductionpillarcdsnb@outlook.com

    International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. Each year this event aims to raise awareness about overdose and that overdose is preventable. International Overdose Awareness Day remembers those who have died or sustained a permanent injury related to drug use. Join our local International Overdose Awareness Day North Bay (CDSNBA) Planning Committee for a week of events in honour of those who have been affected by overdose.

    Registration for all online events is required. To register, Registration for all events closes on Fri., August 27, 2021 @ 12 p.m.
    https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/international-overdose-awareness-day.asp
    Questions?
    Email: harmreductionpillarcdsnb@outlook.com

    Week of Events for Mon., August 30 – Fri., September 3, 2021.

    Online Naloxone Training – Mon., August 30, 2021 @ 10-11:30 a.m.
    Learn how to help save a life. This online training will provide basic information about opioids, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and how to respond to an opioid overdose. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will be provided with additional resources.
    Please register via this link: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/international-overdose-awareness-day.asp

    Online Opening Ceremonies – Tues., August 31, 2021 @ 1-2 p.m.
    Join us for our online International Overdose Awareness Day opening ceremonies in remembrance of those affected by overdose. We will be discussing the importance of OAD, on-going concerns, week of events, etc. Please register via this link: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/international-overdose-awareness-day.asp

    Free Snack Bags – Wed., September 1, 2021 – All Day!
    Free snack bags, that include harm reduction messaging, on Wednesday. To pick up a snack bag in North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Parry Sound, or Mattawa, please follow this link for more information: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/international-overdose-awareness-day.asp

    Online Substance Use Panel – Thurs., September 2, 2021 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    An interactive live panel of working professionals and individuals with lived experience will discuss the awareness, importance, and prevention of overdoses as we honour those affected by overdose. Panelists will answer your questions, and speak about substance use related trends and work occurring in the Nipissing and Parry Sound districts. Prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement perspectives will be provided.
    Submit questions in advance using the Google form provided or ask them on the day of the event!
    Please register for this event via this link: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/international-overdose-awareness-day.asp

    Here are two other activities you can participate in over the week:
    International Overdose Awareness Day Giveaways: Pick-up one of our giveaway packages at the sites listed below, while quantities last. Each package includes a naloxone button, pin, memorial flower packet, pop socket and harm reduction card.
    Visit the Overdose Awareness Garden: Write a message on your memorial flower packet to someone affected by overdose. Visit and/or plant the package in the International Overdose Awareness Day garden, located across from City Hall (McIntyre Street) throughout the week. You may also wish to plant you memorial flower packet in your garden at home.

    Participate in one of the activities listed above at the following locations, North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Parry Sound, or Mattawa, please follow this link for more information: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/international-overdose-awareness-day.asp
    Prizes!
    Participate in any of the online or in-person activities at the locations above to have your name entered into a draw for a door prize!

    To learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day, visit: our Overdose Awareness Day North Bay Facebook page! https://m.facebook.com/Overdose-Awareness-Day-North-Bay-434777910711126/

    Surrey

    BC

    Activity: #EndOverdose
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre
    100 – Capilano Road
    Vancouver, BC
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre
    Contact: Nicole Webb
    Phone: 604-536-6522
    Email: nicole.webb@dignitymemorial.com

    Virtual Memorial Event honouring those affected by the overdose crisis in our communities.

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Activity: IOAD 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 03:30 pm
    Location: 15-1049 Rymal Rd E
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Brittany Gray
    Phone: 905-928-9025
    Email: B.lynn.gray.905@gmail.com

    We are having a memorial service, Narcan training, CPR basics, how to spot an OD and knowledge on the Good Samaritan Law.

    D’Arcy

    British Columbia

    Activity: you are my family
    Date: 15/09/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: PO Box 88
    100 Casper Charlie Place, Darcy BC
    V0N 1L0
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: N’Quatqua First Naiton
    Contact: Carol Thervarge
    Phone: 604 452 3221
    Email: carol.thevarge@nquatqua.ca

    6 PM – evening Dinner
    7 PM evening open forum with speakers of International Traditional Medicine/ alternative methods for addiction’s
    Iboga Ceremony Shaman
    Peyote/ Native American Church and Traditional Indigenous Medicine, minister/road man
    someone who has been on the front lines of DTES Vancouver Opioid Crisis for 9 years

    Orillia

    Ontario

    Activity: Drug Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Start at the Opera House front entrance
    Mississauga & West St.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Johanne Logue
    Phone: 705-345-6501
    Email: littleredrocket69@yahoo.com

    A walk down our main street tying purple ribbons and pictures of our loved ones lost to the poles
    ends down at the park with a song of remembrance being sung by a friend. Will also have an information table set up from SMDHU

    Surrey

    AB

    Activity: Metis Nation BC End Overdose
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 09:30 am
    Location: 13401 – 108 Avenue
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC)
    Contact: Terri Gillis
    Phone: 6048162421
    Email: tgillis@mnbc.ca

    MNBC will be at Gateway Station/Headquarters for Metis Nation BC. We will be offering information, snacks, and water. As this is our new location, we want to welcome and meet anyone who would like to stop by.

    Mission

    British Columbia

    Activity: Int’l OD Awareness Month – Community Picnic & Art-making Dialogue
    Date: 26/08/2021
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: Fraser River Heritage Park
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Mission Overdose Community Action Team
    Contact: Kat Wahamaa
    Phone:
    Email: stopoverdosemission@gmail.com

    A time to REMEMBER LIVES LOST. A Time to ACT.
    The Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) hosts the community arts dialogue Flower Power – Growing Stronger Together. Growing our understanding, our knowledge, our compassion, our trust. Growing a stronger, more resilient community where everyone is valued and can flourish.

    FREE COMMUNITY PICNIC & Art Making Dialogue August 26 3-6pm
    Fraser River Heritage Park
    Show Your Support! Paint a flower, abstracts, anime, cartoon – wherever your art takes you! Refreshments and all art
    materials supplied. All ages welcome. All the art work will be displayed at the IOAD ARTWALK August 31 4—7pm First Avenue
    Flower Power Community Art Show in downtown Mission businesses.

    Surrey

    British Columbia

    Activity: Overdose is Preventable
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 08:30 am
    Location: Virtual
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Overdose Response Community Action Team
    Contact: Sukh Shergill
    Phone:
    Email: sukh@dialoguesinaction.com

    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) provides an opportunity for us to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in our community. Overdose is preventable.

    Join us on this Overdose Day event to learn about overdose awareness and prevention from leaders on the front line of the overdose crisis. Including those with lived experience, family, Indigenous, Medical and First Responder perspectives.

    Key Note: Guy Felicella

    Guy spent years in the grips of addiction and now dedicates his life to advocating for harm reduction and removing the stigma against addiction and substance users. He will discuss relevant topics of safer supply, decriminalization, harm reduction and treatment options. Guy is pushing the barriers to address current overdose crisis and addressing the truth behind the toxic drug supply.

    Learn and ask questions to this diverse group of presenters:
    Leslie Mcbain – Co-Founder Moms Stop the Harm, Family Lead BCCSU, Bereaved Mother
    Len Pierre – Consultant, Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility
    Dr. Sharon Vipler – Addiction Medicine Lead, Fraser Health, Opioid Agonist Therapy
    Mark Griffioen – Surrey Deputy Fire Chief of Community Risk Reduction, From Data to Action
    Hosted by Jesse Atton – Mental Health & Harm Reduction Worker/Advocate

    Belleville

    Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Virtual Symposium
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: Online/Virtual
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Addictions and Mental Health Services – Hastings and Prince Edward
    Contact: Barinder Gill
    Phone: 613-329-6268
    Email: bgill@amhs-hpe.ca

    We are teaming up with community partners, staff, clients, and families who have lost loved ones to raise awareness, provide education and resources, and reduce stigma.

    Virtual Overdose Awareness Symposium

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    10:30 – 11:30 am

    Join online: https://bit.ly/OverdoseAwarenessDay2021

    Join by phone: 613-209-3054

    Meeting ID: 944 7234 6841 / Passcode: 535590

    Kitchener

    Ontario

    Activity: Death by Substance Use & Community Impact
    Date: 01/09/2021
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location: 65 Hanson Ave
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region
    Contact: Melina Pearson
    Phone: 5196030196
    Email: melina@bfomidwest.org

    Substance use deaths have a huge impact in our community. From the family and friends who are grieving to the way these deaths are viewed, often from a stigmatizing lens, there are impacts on us all. Unfortunately, stigma and prejudice can go hand-in-hand with the grief that stems from substance use deaths. This can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation for those who are grieving.

    Join us for an education session to learn more about the impact of substance use death from a personal and community perspective where supportive first-person language will be used, and ideas for support offered for everyone.

    Kitchener

    Ontario

    Activity: Death by Substance Use & Community Impact
    Date: 24/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 65 Hanson Ave
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region
    Contact: Melina Pearson
    Phone: 5196030196
    Email: melina@bfomidwest.org

    Substance use deaths have a huge impact in our community. From the family and friends who are grieving to the way these deaths are viewed, often from a stigmatizing lens, there are impacts on us all. Unfortunately, stigma and prejudice can go hand-in-hand with the grief that stems from substance use deaths. This can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation for those who are grieving.

    Join us for an education session to learn more about the impact of substance use death from a personal and community perspective where supportive first-person language will be used, and ideas for support offered for everyone.

    Kitchener

    Ontario

    Activity: Death by Substance Use & Community Impact
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: 65 Hanson Ave
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region
    Contact: Melina Pearson
    Phone: 5196030196
    Email: melina@bfomidwest.org

    Substance use deaths have a huge impact in our community. From the family and friends who are grieving to the way these deaths are viewed, often from a stigmatizing lens, there are impacts on us all. Unfortunately, stigma and prejudice can go hand-in-hand with the grief that stems from substance use deaths. This can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation for those who are grieving.

    Join us for an education session to learn more about the impact of substance use death from a personal and community perspective where supportive first-person language will be used, and ideas for support offered for everyone.

    Moose Jaw

    SK

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day – Regina and Moose Jaw events
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time:
    Location: Moose Jaw: Victory Church 637 Main Street North, Moose Jaw 4pm to 6pm
    Regina: Mamaweyatitan Centre, 3355 6th Avenue, Regina, 11am to 1pm
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Jody Oakes
    Phone: 306-690-9384
    Email: joakes@sk.johnhoward.ca

    Take what you need and leave the rest table (naloxone; harm reduction supplies; menstrual products and personal care items)
    Meals to Go
    Naloxone Training
    Education and Awareness Tables
    Speakers including those with lived experience
    Recognition of lives lost

    Regina

    SK

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day – Regina and Moose Jaw events
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Regina: Mamaweyatitan Centre – 3355 6th Avenue, Regina 11am to 1pm
    Moose Jaw: Victory Church – 637 Main Street North, Moose Jaw 4pm to 6pm
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Ronni Nrodal
    Phone: 306-731-7573
    Email: ronni@nordallaw.ca

    Take what you need and leave the rest table (naloxone; harm reduction supplies; menstrual products and personal care items)
    Meals to Go
    Naloxone Training
    Education and Awareness Tables
    Speakers including those with lived experience
    Recognition of lives lost

    Oakville

    ON

    Activity: Remembrance Wall
    Date: 23/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 125 North Service Rd East Oakville Ontario
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
    Contact: Crystal Martin
    Phone: 905 257 6029
    Email: connector@opnc.ca

    Come visit and post a name of a loved one whose life has been lost due to Opiods or leave an encouraging message.

    Chippewa of the Thames

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Memorial Walk
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:30 am
    Location: Chippewa Ball Park / Pow wow Grounds
    640 Jubilee Rd, Muncey, ON N0L 1Y0
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Chippewa Health Centre
    Contact: Ann Marie Proulx-White
    Phone: 2269770763
    Email: yawatati@gmail.com

    Memorial Walk 9:30-9:45am Starting at Mount Elgin Monument to the Chippewa Ball Park
    Honour Song and Opening words from Chief French
    Invited Speakers & Open Mic 11:00-11:30am
    Indigenous Traditional Feast 12:00
    Closing words & Clean up 1:00pm

    Victoria

    BC

    Activity: A Walk for J: Steps to Awareness-Victoria
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 am
    Location: Victoria, B.C.Participants will gather at the Beacon Hill Park sign on Dallas Road and Cook St. We will walk towards and around the loop at Clover Point down the path along the ocean just past Ross BayCemetery to where the beach stops loop around and back to where we started. Wear purple , bring your own water bottle !
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Chadd Cawson
    Phone: 431 276-1272
    Email: chaddcawson@gmail.com

    A Walk for J first began in Winnipeg in 2018, then branded as Drop the Needle, Pick up the Pace which was the walk’s name for 2 years before rebranding it A Walk for J last year. I started this walk in honour of my sister Jeni who I lost to an Overdose in 2017 in Florida where she was living . My sister loved the ocean and beaches so while I know she loved the first 2 live walks she would participarticularly love this route, Whike I started this walk to honour my sister it is meant to honour every soul we lost too soon to a drug related death. To honour every person from A to Z is what A Walk for J aims to do while spreading awareness.

    Kamloops

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day- Coming Together
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: McDonald Park
    262 King Street
    Kamloops BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Jessica
    Phone: 250-319-7391
    Email:

    Hosted by the Addiction Matters Kamloops coalition this is a public gathering to remember, without stigma, those we have lost to overdose through art, education, Naloxone training, music, poetry, bannock and more.

    Quesnel

    BC

    Activity: Wild women if the North’s Memorial Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: Lebordais Park, Quesnel BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Wild women if the North Society
    Contact: Willow or Megan
    Phone: 1(250)925-1060
    Email: Wildwomenofthenorth@gmail.com

    A memorial event for all those lost to overdose, harm reduction training and peer support. Facilitated by peers for peers and their families.

    Kamloops

    BC

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day – Coming Together
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: August 31. 2021
    501 McDonald Ave
    McDonald Park, Kamloops, BC
    5 – 7 pm
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Addiction Matters – Kamloops
    Contact: Sandra Tully/Jessica Mensinger
    Phone:
    Email: sltully99@gmail.com

    Join us to remember, without stigma, those we have lost to overdose and acknowledge the profound grief of family and friends left behind. We will connect through art, education, Naloxone training, music, poetry, bannock and more.
    Everyone is welcome

    Toronto

    Activity: World Poisoning Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: This event will be virtually via Zoom. Our Richmond Hill drop by location will arrange a central physical space for memorial banner and a broadcast centre.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Krasman Centre
    Contact: Dylan de la Rivière
    Phone: 647-717-4035
    Email: d.delariviere@krasmancentre.com

    World Poisoning Awareness Day is a virtual memorial and day of education and action on August 31st from 10AM-4pm.
    We aim to amplify the voices of people who use drugs (PWUD), raise awareness about overdose prevention, and reduce the stigma that surrounds drug-related deaths.
    We demand an end to racist and oppressive and failed ‘war on drugs’.
    The morning of this event will focus on education about harm reduction and the negative implications of the ‘war on drugs’ as well as resources of support. The afternoon portion of the day will honour and remember the lives lost during this poisoning epidemic.

    Register online: https://forms.gle/GPo9mKJRNTreH7fA7

    Truro and Amherst

    Nova Scotia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day 2021
    Date: 27/08/2021
    Time: 08:30 am
    Location: On August 27, 2021 the Opioid Council of Cumberland Council along with staff from the Northern Healthy Connections Society will be setting up a display highlighting the need for greater awareness of substance use disorder and overdose deaths. There will be resources available. This event will be held at the local Farmer’s Market from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.On August 28, 2021 the Northern Healthy Connections Society will be hosting an Overdose Awareness Day with a display, educational resources will be available.

    At both events staff and volunteers will be wearing white T-shirts with # Overdose Awareness and the name of the local organization in purple. There will also be Naloxone Training and Free Kits at both the Truro and Amherst events.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Northern Healthy Connections Society
    Contact: Albert McNutt
    Phone: 19028950931
    Email: super@nhcsociety.ca

    Display table with education board, resources, Naloxone Training, free Naloxone Kits. Education, knowledge exchange, Printed materials.

    London

    ON

    Activity: London – Substance Poisoning Awareness Demonstration
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: Downtown London – Address to be shared closer to event.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Nikki V
    Phone:
    Email: nikkivenair@gmail.com

    Please join us on August 31 at 11am for a memorial demonstration, naloxone training, harm reduction items and education about substance poisoning.

    VANCOUVER

    BC

    Activity: STILL DYING- DO YOU SEE US YET?
    Date: 28/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 am
    Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS- START AT BURRARD BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY- CONTINUE UP BURRARD STREET. OTHER LOCATONS IN NORTH VANCOUVER, LANGLEY
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: DEB BAILEY
    Phone: 6049700416
    Email: dhbailey@telus.net

    WE PLAN TO DRAW BODY SHAPES TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF PEOPLE DYING FROM TAINTED STREET DRUGS. WE WILL TIE A PURPLE RIBBON BY EACH SHAPE AND LEAVE SOME “POSTCARD”MESSAGES TO HELP PEOPLE DEVELOP AWARENESS.

    WE WILL BE ASKING TELUS SCIENCE WORLD, BURRARD BRIDGE, ROGERS, BC PLACE, CITY HALL ,AND VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS TO ‘LIGHT UP PURPLE.”

    Chatham

    Ontario

    Activity: CKDAC’s International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Event
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 425 McNaughton Ave W, Social Media and several other locations across Kent County.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Chatham Kent Drug Awareness Council
    Contact: Scott Roose
    Phone: 5193540430232
    Email: scott@uwock.ca

    This years event will once again hold a virtual vigil on Facebook Live. The city and county will be awash with purple ribbons that can be picked up at several key location across the county. This is also a place to leave your memorial pieces for someone who has been lost to a drug poisoning. A social media campaign will run Aug 25-Sept 1 along with Print and radio spots through out the week.

    Hamilton

    ON

    Activity: DRUGS! (The Telethon!)
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: online
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Joe Amero
    Phone: 16476388523
    Email: joeamero@gmail.com

    DRUGS! (The Musical)
    has it all:
    a VLOG, an Instagram, a FaceBook page, a TikTok, a telethon, a documentary, the musical itself, and now an official GoFundMe campaign to raise money for community partners across Canada making a difference in the realm of Harm Reduction!

    Joe Amero is a Toronto based comedian and Social Worker. He’s a graduate of the Longform & Improv conservatories at The Second City Training Centre where he co-created his prolific troupe Pepperoni Pizza Cats.
    Joe is an alumni of Bad Dog Theatre’s Featured Players and has enjoyed performing stand up and sketch comedy as well as appearing in films. Joe is a survivor of addiction and is beyond grateful to spend his time these days with his loving family.

    DRUGS! (The Musical) is the follow up to his sold out one person show Blood.
    But this isn’t about Joe Amero or even DRUGS! (The Musical).
    The whole idea was created to raise awareness through education and destigmatize drug use by celebrating the true and steady soldiers on the front lines doing the real work and contribute to their amazingly worthy cause.

    ALL the proceeds from this campaign will benefit Canadian Harm Reduction efforts and initiatives.

    Harm Reduction (as defined by The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition ) is a comprehensive, just and science-based approach to substance use. It represents policies, strategies and services, which aim to assist people who use legal and illegal psychoactive drugs to live safer and healthier lives.

    Thanks to you all in advance for your contribution to this undeniable, evidence-based intervention and the amazing people practicing it and saving lives every day.

    *Here’s our list of community partners as of now:

    Ontario
    Hamilton AIDS Network
    Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction (TIHR)

    Quebec
    AQPSUD

    Nova Scotia
    The ALLY Centre of Cape Breton

    New Brunswick
    Avenue B

    Prince Edward Island & ALL of the Atlantic Region
    SUNAR – Substance User Network of the Atlantic Region

    Newfoundland
    ACNL

    Alberta
    Turning Point

    Saskatchewan
    Prairie Harm Reduction

    Manitoba
    Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

    British Columbia
    Moms Stop The Harm

    Northwest Territories
    Yellowknife Womens Society Yellowknife Street Outreach

    Yukon
    Blood Ties Four Directions Centre

    Nunavut
    Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line

    *Partners subject to change

    Our goal is to hand them $1000 each to aid in their amazing work (but we’re fairly certain they’d accept more)
    Please donate today
    HARM REDUCTION SAVES LIVES!

    Toronto

    Ontario

    Activity: Syme Woolner Overdose Awareness Booth
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: 2468 Eglinton Avenue. West, Unit 3, Toronto, Ontario M6M 5E2 – Booth at park located behind the building
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre
    Contact: Uzefa Gulma
    Phone: 4167667634×2230
    Email: harmreductionworker@symewoolner.org

    Free pizza, ribbons, naloxone, information and print resources will be distributed to raise awareness about the ongoing Opioid Crisis.

    Maple Ridge

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 27/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Memorial Peace Park
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Stop Overdose Ridge Meadows(STORM)
    Contact: Kim Dumore
    Phone:
    Email: dumores@outlook.com

    We are creating a free community event, with a resource fair, free lunch, entertainment, and Personal Experiences Speaker & Tributes of

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Activity: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IOAD 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 03:30 pm
    Location: 1049 rymal rd e unit 15. In the grassy area beside the complex.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Brittany Gray
    Phone: 9059289025
    Email: brittanygray905@outlook.com

    We’re Hoping to have all different types of things going on. Come to learn how to use Narcan kits, how to know when someone is having an overdose and what to do. Learn about the “Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act” also a candlelit memorial for all the mothers, dads, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts uncles and children whom have lost their life to overdose.

    St.Thomas

    Activity: Second annual International Overdose Awareness day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location: Corner of White street and Talbot street
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Nameless
    Contact: Leticia
    Phone:
    Email: ThenamelessST@outlook.com

    From 6:30pm-8pm
    Ribbon tying, naloxone training, hydration station, purchase merch to support The Nameless, and space to create art.
    Masks and social distancing in place.

    Oliver

    BC

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Oliver Eats Ltd 6060 Station St. Oliver, BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Stephanie Lines
    Phone: 250-488-1376
    Email: stephanie.lines@oneskycommunity.com

    Moms Stop the Harm South Okanagan
    presents

    International Overdose Awareness Day:
    Prevention and Remembrance

    at Oliver Eats Ltd.
    6060 Station St. Oliver, BC

    Tuesday August 31 2021
    10am – 3pm

    Free Admission for All
    Free Pancake Brunch & Cookies
    Free Haircuts & Counselling
    Balloon Animals, Colouring Pages, Family & Youth Friendly Activities
    Nasal & Injectable Naloxone Training
    Live Music by yarrows, Double Stop Creek, The Cliff McIntyre Band and badgentina.

    Hosted with the support of:
    Osoyoos Indian Band
    Oliver Eats Ltd.
    Desert Sun Counselling & Resource Centre
    Oliver Missions
    InnerVisions Hair Design
    Lucky Crane Pottery
    OneSky Community Resources
    Foundry Penticton
    Keep The Cold Off Penticton
    Penticton +Area Overdose Prevention Society

    All activities are dependent upon the most up to date safety regulations for BC, according to the Public Health Act.
    Unforeseen changes may be made.

    Olds

    Alberta

    Activity: Taco ‘Bout Substance Use Event in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:30 pm
    Location: Centennial Park, Olds, AB
    5037 – 53sr Street
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Olds and Area Substance Use Coalition
    Contact: Jody Tomm
    Phone: 403-507-8174
    Email: oldssubstanceuse@gmail.com

    Taco Tuesday Themed Event in support of International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st.

    Why not combine one of our favorite foods with activities and information for all ages regarding substances, community organizations, Naloxone Kits, substance use and mental health prevention and health promotion. Please join the Olds and Area Substance Use Coalition in honoring those we have lost to overdose, look at how we can work at reducing stigma, and learn ways to support one another while respecting our differences!

    We will provide free taco tickets on a first come first served basis for up to 150 people. There will a requirement for you to complete (albeit a fun and informative, inclusive one) before you are able to turn your tickets in for delicious food!

    Many community organizations will have tables set up with information on services provided and will be on site to answer any questions you may have. Activities for all ages will include things like: “Toss Your Cookies” game with alcohol impairment goggles, “Walk the Line” with cannabis impairment goggles, “Pay it Forward” positive message card making station, amongst others.

    The overdose crisis has only increased in severity since the pandemic hit last year, the drug supply has become increasingly toxic and cross contaminated, supervised consumption services in Alberta have been closed, evidenced based harm reduction programming has been reduced…. and people are losing their lives at higher rates than ever. Come learn about how we can work at preventing overdose and poisonings, and realize that every life lost is someone’s father, sister, child, parent, friend, and loved one.

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss this event further, please contact us on social media or via email (Facebook and Instagram: @oldsstubstanceuse, email: emailoldssubstanceuse@gmail.com)

    POWELL RIVER BC

    BC

    Activity: IOAD
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:30 pm
    Location: Willingdon Beach “Upper Lot”
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: MomsStopTheHarm/PrCat/Sustain
    Contact: Darlana L Treloar
    Phone: 6044839059
    Email: darlana.treloar@gmail.com

    Powell River will have March
    Die in
    Candlelight vigil/memorial
    Pizza and refreshments

    Cold Lake

    Alberta

    Activity: Cold Lake National Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 4801 51 Street,
    Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Cold Lake John Howard Society
    Contact: Leanne Correia
    Phone: 17802019732
    Email: leadoutreachcljhs@gmail.com

    Awareness day/memorial day/training day
    Free BBQ – community event

    Edmonton

    AB

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day YEG 2021 Rally
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:01 pm
    Location: March: Noon at the Homeless Memorial Park in Edmonton (103A Ave and 100 St.)
    Rally: 1:30 at the steps of the Alberta legislature
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Petra Schulz
    Phone:
    Email: info@momsstoptheharm.com

    Hosted by Albertans for Evidence Based Drug Policy
    Join the coalition of Albertans for Evidence Based Drug Policy on International Overdose Awareness Day #IOAD2021 for a march and rally. We gather to remember thousands of Albertans who have died by drug poisoning or other substance use related causes and to call for an effective public health response to this crisis.

    Meet at noon at the Homeless Memorial Park in Edmonton (103A Ave and 100 St.) and march to the legislature with outreach and action along the way.
    The rally at the steps of the Alberta legislature begins at 1:30 pm with speakers from coalition members, lead by people with lived and living experiences.
    #DrugPolicyDeathAB #IOAD2021 #SupportSCS
    In 2021 more people have died from drug poisoning than ever before in the history of our province. In March of 2021 more than 4 people died every day. The UCP government responded to this crisis by closing live-saving harm reduction services, which has already resulted in the deaths of people who used to use these services, while evidence-based interventions, such as the expansion of supervised consumption services and the provision of safe pharmaceutical alternatives to ever more toxic street drugs is flat out rejected. While the investment in treatment promised by the UCP, is positive, we first have to keep people alive.

    We can’t let the people we love die. Join us to take a stand for evidence and for life.
    Albertans for Evidence Based Drug Policy includes many concerned individuals and the following organizations:

    AAWEAR
    The Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD)
    Moms Stop the Harm
    Change the Face of Addiction
    HIV Legal Network
    The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
    The Harm Reduction Nurses Association (HRNA)
    Alberta Nurses Coalition for Harm Reduction (ANCHR)
    EACH+EVERY – Businesses for Harm Reduction
    Friends of Medicare
    Westside Harm Reduction
    The Liam Project – Calgary
    Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – National, Calgary and Edmonton Chapter

    Peterborough

    ON

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Event
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 01:08 pm
    Location: The Overdose Awareness Event will be held at 130 King St. at the very end of King St @ Millenium Park in front of Silver Bean cafe looking over the water in Peterborough Ontario. The event will start at 1-4 pm.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Dylan DeMarsh
    Phone: 705 772 7240
    Email: dylan@parn.ca

    The Overdose Awareness event will begin at 1-4 pm. I will have social distance circles on grass and there will be people speaking in recovery as well as Narcan training and lots of information. We will have a projector playing a slide show of our loved ones lost to addiction and health issues from substance use. There will be members from our local Harm Reduction offices Parn and Elizabeth Fry as well as 4-Cast as they can become quite close to their clients. I am extending an invite to our Medical Officer Of Health again this year too. We will also have different Moms speaking. I am a member of Moms Stop The Harm and a few other members will be in attendance too.

    Mississauga

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Ceremony
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: The Port Credit Lighthouse – 105 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, ON L5H 1E9
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Christine Inrig
    Phone: 416-998-6930
    Email: christineninrig@hotmail.com

    Please join us at the Port Credit Lighthouse at 7pm for our International Overdose Awareness Day Ceremony, where we will remember our loved ones, raise awareness and try to end the stigma!

    Airdrie

    Albert

    Activity: Airdrie Overdose Awareness
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: Nose Creek Park, Airdrie
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Julie Hazelwanter
    Phone:
    Email: Airdrieioad@gmail.com

    Commemorate our Purple Bridge of Hope. Various organizations will set up Booths for awareness and Harm Reduction, Speeches, Music, Awareness and support

    Fort Nelson BC

    British Columbia

    Activity: Fact Find Fun
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: RR1 Mile 295 Alaska Highway
    Fort Nelson First Nation Health and Wellness
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Fort Nelson First Nation
    Contact: Saralee Andrews
    Phone: 2505003330
    Email:

    A walk to booths with trivia questions for participants to answer, Once completed the trivia questions, hand in the paper for a draw.
    To lead up to the fact finding fun, a panel discussion including, cultural, colonisation, and substance use will be held.

    Sarnia

    Ontario

    Activity: #EndOverdose – Naloxone Training Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: 118 Victoria Street North
    Sarnia, ON
    N7T 5W9
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: BMC Pharmacy
    Contact: Marcel Laporte
    Phone: 519-337-9900
    Email: staff.bmcsarnia01@gmail.com

    – Naloxone Kit training
    – Give Aways
    – Memorial Board

    EDMONTON

    AB

    Activity: IOAD 2021 – Edmonton, AB
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Victoria Park Site 6 – 12130 River Valley Road, Edmonton
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Healing Hearts Support Group – International Overdose Awareness Day gathering
    Contact: Angela
    Phone:
    Email: healingheartsedmonton@gmail.com

    Our event will provide an opportunity for families to honour loved ones lost to overdose and substance use harms. Mostly a memorial event with a candlelight vigil. The High Level Bridge will be lit in purple to commemorate IOAD. There will be the opportunity for people to speak their loved ones names and to support one another.

    We will have purple ribbons, flameless candles, car decals and a calendar available for sale.

    **More details to be announced on our FB page as they are available**

    Leduc

    Alberta

    Activity: 5th Annual Overdose Awareness, Prevention & Remembrance Event
    Date: 27/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Leduc Civic Centre#1 Alexandra Park Leduc, AB
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Dylan’s Hope Foundation
    Contact: Jessica Farmer
    Phone: 7802930789
    Email: timetoactleduc@shaw.ca

    The evening will provide an opportunity to come together to honor loved ones lost to overdose, raise awareness on the overdose epidemic, help to end the stigma associated with overdose and substance use. During the event there will be naloxone kits available with training, a memorial activity and a candle vigil. This is a free event.

    Winnipeg

    Manitoba

    Activity: A Walk for J – Virtual Steps to Awareness
    Date: 28/08/2021
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: Worldwide – post photos of yourself wearing purple from the dates August 28-31 to promote Overdose Awareness. A Walk for J was started in Winnipeg, Manitoba but due to some COVID-19 restrictions still in place our walk will be a virtual one for the second year in a row.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Chadd Cawson
    Phone: 431 276-1272
    Email: chaddcawson@gmail.com

    A Walk for J was started in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then under the name Drop the Needle, Pick up the Pace, in 2018. It was was rebranded A Walk for J in 2020 in honour of my sister Jeni Leigh and Jody Wasserman’s brother Josh Zeller. Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place our walk this year will be virtual. We are opening up our event from the weekend of August 28 to Aug 31 (IOAD). We are asking people to wear purple and capture photos or videos of themselves walking. It could be up a mountain, by water, in your small bubble or by yourself. Post your photos to your social media and our A Walk for J Facebook page

    Medicine Hat

    AB

    Activity: Medicine Hat Drug Coalition IOAD event
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 05:09 pm
    Location: outside on First Street SE-between the Medicine Hat Public Library and the Court of Queens Bench Law Building
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Medicine Hat Drug Coalition
    Contact: Kym Porter
    Phone: 14035807051
    Email: kk_porter@hotmail.com

    The event will include speakers, music, a land acknowledgement and blessing, naloxone, information and a candlelight vigil.

    Mississauga

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 07:00pm
    Location: We are hoping to be hosting our second International Overdose Awareness Event again this year at the Port Credit Lighthouse. I will update/confirm location as time approaches.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Christine Inrig
    Phone: 416-998-6930
    Email: christineninrig@hotmail.com

    Hosting our Second International Overdose Awareness Day Event.

    This event will be a memorial event, an event to raise awareness and show support.

    Sydney

    Nova Scotia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:45 am
    Location: Wentworth Park Bandshell, Sydney, Nova Scotia
    Meet at 150 Bentinck Street, Sydney. Gather to march down to Wentworth Park.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Ally Centre of Cape Breton
    Contact: Natasha Rowe
    Phone: 9025743342
    Email: natasha.rowe@bellaliant.com

    What: Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Day
    When: Tuesday, August 31st 2021 11am meet at 150 Bentinck Street, gather to march down to Wentworth Park. Event start at 11:45am
    Where: Wentworth Park Bandshell, Sydney, NS
    Why: To invite you to stand beside friends and families of overdose victims to reflect on their lives and their losses. Events such as this will reinforce the idea that no-one feels shame or disgrace at the death of someone from drug overdose. There are programs and interventions that can safely prevent deaths due to overdose. Cape Breton is without this programming although proposals have and will continue to be submitted to both federal and provincial health departments and efforts are being made nationally to change policy within government to make the tools necessary for these interventions available to the populations most affected.
    We invite anybody who lost someone to overdose to submit the first name of the person they lost to our naloxone trainer, communitynaloxonetrainer@gmail.com. You can come to the Ally Centre prior to the event to write their name, or on site the day of the event. We will hold 3 moments of silence – One for the people who have died of accidental overdose; One for the families, friends and loved ones of those who passed; and one to appeal for evidence based interventions, services and supports to mitigate the risks for people who use drugs.

    Leduc County

    Alberta

    Activity: Living Library for Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location: Online on Zoom
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Leduc County FCSS
    Contact: Eugena Maguire
    Phone: 780-955-6421
    Email: eugena@leduc-county.com

    Human beings are like books: they contain stories and wisdom far beyond their covers or outward appearances. This session will feature four speakers who have lived experience of loss related to addictions and/or overdose. It’s time to open up conversations, increase our understanding, normalize human vulnerability and reduce stigma associated with substance use.

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day Hamilton
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Various locations (specific locations to be announced closer to the date) including the memorial to those who have lost their lives to overdose in the John and Rebecca Park (located at the corner of John St and Rebecca St)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Hamilton Public Health, The AIDS Network, Keeping Six and Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre
    Contact: Margot Corbin
    Phone: 905-973-3748
    Email: margot.corbin@hamilton.ca

    The event will include a memorial to those who have lost their lives to drug poisoning that individuals can contribute to. There will be overdose response training and naloxone kits provided. Discussions around stigma will be promoted. There will be the opportunity for people to stand with one another in support of those who have lost loved ones to overdose/drug poisoning. The event hopes to also raise awareness of the issues surrounding the opioid epidemic including decreasing stigma.
    **More details to be announced as they become available**

    Langley

    BC

    Activity: Langley IOAD 2021
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Locations:
    Derek Doubleday Arboretum 21559 Fraser Hwy (Static display, and walk start point)
    Douglas Park 5403 206 st Langley (Static display and walk finish point + candlelight vigil & BBQ location)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Daniel Snyder
    Phone: 604-309-2777
    Email: danielsnyder@telus.net

    Langley will be hosting dual static displays at two sites. A display of empty shoes at Derek Doubleday representing the lives lost to overdose since a public health emergency was declared in our province five years ago. A second display of crosses tied with purple ribbons at Derek Doubleday.

    On August 31st a memorial walk is planned for 6pm from Derek Doubleday to Douglas Park (~1.3km). Upon arrival at Douglas Park we will have available naloxone training, a community BBQ, speakers corner, and culminating in a candlelight vigil & memorial.

    Richmond Hill

    Ontario, Canada

    Activity: International Poisoning Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Krasman Centre
    Contact: Dylan de la Riviere
    Phone: 6477174035
    Email: d.delariviere@krasmancentre.com

    Primarily virtual with a live streaming base
    Memorial Opening
    Education – harm reduction
    Art Gallery
    Advocacy
    Grief Workshop
    Memorial Closing

    Quesnel

    British Columbia

    Activity: Csun IOAD
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: The hut by the river and also csun office
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Csun
    Contact: Rebecca mcleod
    Phone: 2502559681
    Email: 1queenb1989@gmail.com

    Ioad overdose awareness and balloon release

    Brantford

    ON

    Activity: Brantford’s 3rd Annual International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 30/08/2021
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Victoria Park, 65 Market St, Brantford, ON, Canada, N3T 2Z7
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Brantford Substance Users Network
    Contact: Shawna Bray
    Phone: 226 227-7005
    Email: shawnabray@bsun.live

    Candle light vigil the night before on August 30, 7pm.
    August 31, 1pm Victoria Park.

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Activity: In Memory of Jake
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Rachel Chaplow
    Phone: 2894083316
    Email: racheljchaplow@gmail.com

    In honour of my fiancé, Jacob Fedorneac, who passed away on June 3, 2020 from a fentanyl overdose- he was only 26. Mental health and addiction were two things that were very important to him and he took the time to educate himself and others around him break the stigma surrounding the two.

    Hamilton

    Ontario

    Activity: Angel’s voice 💜
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: 1049 Rymal Rd E Unit 15
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Brittany Gray
    Phone: 9059289025
    Email: brittanygray905@outlook.com

    Going to spread the word about overdose and continue to be a narcan advocate.

    OTTAWA

    ON

    Activity: Overdose Awareness day
    Date: 31/08/2021
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: Canadian Tribute to Human Rights
    220 Elgin street Ottawa On
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Louise Goodman
    Phone: 6132276827
    Email: lgoodman@sandyhillchc.on.ca

    Speakers and tables with information in regards to overdose awareness . Tributes and education.