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  • Guelph

    Ontario

    Activity: Crisis Phone 2020
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Guelph Public LIbrary
    100 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Adrienne Crowder
    Phone:
    Email:

    Crisis Phone 2020 is an art installation that will be on display for the next six months outside the Norfolk Street library. It consists of a decommissioned public telephone painted red and black, with quotes scrawled in either black or white paint.

    The project is intended as a reflection on the opioid crisis and the impact it is having on the community in Guelph.

    The installation consists of a standalone public telephone which has been repainted and covered in quotations relevant to the conversation.

    At its heart is a black telephone and below it where the phone book would be found are empty pages that can be filled by people passing by.

    Winnipeg

    Manitoba

    Activity: Overdose Prevention Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: Pioneer Arena
    799 Logan Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 3J9, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Freedom Quest Youth Services
    Contact: Matthew McClelland
    Phone:
    Email:

    Health officials outside Pioneer Arena in Castlegar trained residents how to use a naloxone kit during an emergency.

    Timmins

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Mural Launch
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: 169 Pine St S, Timmins, ON P4N 2K3, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Porcupine Health Unit
    Contact: Christianne Blain
    Phone:
    Email:

    Today, International Overdose Awareness Day, the Porcupine Health Unit, supported by the Timmins and Area Drug Strategy, unveiled a new mural in downtown Timmins. International Overdose Awareness Day commemorates those affected by overdose and gives an opportunity for communities to mourn loved ones and speak about them with pride.

    Burnaby

    British Columbia

    Activity: Burnaby’s International Overdose Awareness Day event
    Date: 31/10/2020
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: Metrotown SkyTrain station
    4401 Beresford St, Burnaby, BC V5H 2Y4, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Sandra Laframboise
    Phone:
    Email:

    An awareness event featuring speakers surrounded by a display of dozens of purple flags, each bearing a message about the overdose crisis.

    Nelson

    BC

    Activity: IOAD event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Nelson BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ANKORS
    Contact:
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    Vigil held in Nelson to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.

    On Monday, ANKORS set up 175 empty pairs of shoes to symbolize the July deaths as well as a coffin built by ANKORS staff member Alex Sherstobitoff in the parking lot outside its office at 101 Baker St. A candlelight vigil was also later held at Cottonwood Park.

    Regina

    Saskatchewan

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Albert Street Memorial Bridge
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
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    hanging purple ribbons with the names of people who have died from overdoses on the Albert Street Memorial Bridge in Regina.

    Edmonton

    Activity: Edmonton Shoe Memorial
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Victoria Park
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
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    Hundreds of shoes will be placed in Victoria park on Monday night in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day

    Saskatchewan

    Activity: Saskatchewan families gather for IOAD
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact:
    Phone:
    Email: 31/8/2020

    Saskatchewan families advocate for urgent solutions to overdose crisis.

    On Monday, families of Regina gather to mark International Overdose Awareness Day at the mâmawêyatitân centre and outside the legislative building.

    Sault Ste. Marie

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day March
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Clergue Park
    Bay St & East St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Addiction and Mental Health Advocates
    Contact: Donna DeSimon
    Phone:
    Email: soassmchapter1010@gmail.com

    Dozens of people congregated at Clergue Park Monday afternoon to remember lives lost to overdose.

    The memorial walk, organised by the relatively new peer support group Addiction and Mental Health Advocates, was held in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day events taking place throughout the world Monday.

    Victoria

    BC

    Activity: Legislature Building lights up purple for IOAD
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 501 Belleville St
    Victoria BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
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    On Monday night, in recognition of Overdose Awareness Day, the B.C. legislature building will be lit with purple lights. There will also be an online vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to the overdose crisis.

    Vancouver

    BC

    Activity: IOAD Memorial
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
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    Drums will be playing during a memorial to remember overdose victims in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Aug. 31, 2020. People will take part in a memorial event in Vancouver to commemorate their beloved ones who died from drug overdose on the International Overdose Awareness Day, which is a global event held on August 31 each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death.

    Vancouver

    British Columbia

    Activity: Memorial Mural – International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Carnegie Community Centre
    401 Main Street, at the corner of Hastings Street, in the old Carnegie Public Library building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Overdose Prevention Society
    Contact: Sarah Blyth
    Phone:
    Email: blyth2008@gmail.com

    A memorial mural was unveiled Monday in front of the Carnegie Community Centre, to enable families and friends of people who have passed away from an overdose to have a public way to show grief and honour their loved ones.

    The mural has been designed by local artist Smokey D, and also features a blank space for anyone to write the names of their own loved ones.

    BC

    Kamloops

    Activity: IOAD Remeberance
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Private
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
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    Local Kamloops woman creates a display in her front yard to honour her nephew

    Manitoba

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Manitoba advocate for an unscheduling of naloxone
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Stephen Juba Park, Winnipeg
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Overdose Awareness Manitoba
    Contact:
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    Flags of hope will be on display while advocating for an unscheduling of naloxone, which can reverse the affects of an opioid overdose, during an International Overdose Awareness Day gathering at Stephen Juba Park in Winnipeg

    Grand Prairie

    Alberta

    Activity: Peace County Drug Awareness Coalition IOAD Community Awareness Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: 100 Street, Grand Prairie
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Peace Country Drug Awareness Coalition
    Contact: Tyla Savard
    Phone:
    Email:

    Peace Country Drug Awareness Coalition advocates lined 100 Street to raise awareness of the ongoing opioid crisis.

    Waterloo

    Ontario

    Activity: WRIDS virtual IOAD panel and discussion
    Date: 02/09/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Luke Schulz
    Phone:
    Email:

    WRIDS virtual panel

    Vancouver

    Activity: Burrard Bridge IOAD Commemoration
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: David Carrigg
    Phone:
    Email:

    Volunteers used purple ribbons to tie hundreds of pairs of shoes to the railing of the Burrard Bridge on Sunday morning, in preparation for International Overdose Awareness Day.

    Each pair had a small note attached to them, highlighting the thousands of British Columbians who have died from overdose since a public health emergency was declared in 2016.

    Orangeville

    Ontario

    Activity: Annual Dufferin Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 27/08/2020
    Time: 05:30 pm
    Location: Edelbrock Centre
    30 Centre St. Orangeville, ON
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Dufferin Overdose Awareness Committee
    Contact: kristy@familytransitionplace.ca
    Phone:
    Email:

    Free BBQ and health fair.
    Come out to learn about all the addiction services offered throughout Dufferin County.

    Goderich

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Shirts
    Date: 20/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Skylarr Macdonald-Webster
    Phone:
    Email: admin@tannerstefflerfoundation.com

    Overdose awareness raising through t-shirt sales
    Purple t-shirts are being sold to raise money for the Tanner Steffler Foundation, created in honour of the Seaforth teen who died from a drug overdose in June of 2017

    Orilla

    Ontario

    Activity: Ontario Provincial Police community safety video
    Date: 01/09/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: General Headquarters: 777 Memorial Ave. Orillia, Ontario L3V 7V3
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ontario Provincial Police
    Contact: Ontario Provincial Police
    Phone:
    Email:

    This year, the Ontario Provincial Police is marking International Overdose Awareness Day with a community safety educaiton video highlightoing the impact overdose is having on the community, reminding citizens of the legal protection the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA) and encouraging citizens to call 911 in the case of overdoses and emergencies.

    Nova Scotia

    Windsor

    Activity: We Remember – March, vigil and education
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Water Street to Victoria Park, Windsor
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
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    A group of about 60 people- firefighters, paramedics and RCMP officers attended an international opioid overdose awareness day march and vigil.
    Amanda Hudson, the Nova Scotia take home naloxone program coordinator, was a guest speaker and provided the crowd with facts and figures about overdoses in the province.
    Naloxone training in Victoria Park

    Campbell River

    B.C

    Activity: Spreading overdose awareness through stories and empty purple chairs
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Between Highway 19A and Dogwood Street
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Masters of Hope (MOH)
    Contact:
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    On a banner, people to come and write the names of loved ones they lost. There will be purple-coloured empty chairs lined up to represent the space of loved ones people present had lost.

    Vancouver

    BC

    Activity: IOAD Rally
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Main and Hastings streets
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Coalition of Peers Dismantling the Drug War
    Contact:
    Phone:
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    In honour of Overdose Awareness Day, a rally is taking place near Vancouver’s Main and Hastings streets

    Chilliwack

    Activity: Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Jenna Huack
    Phone:
    Email:

    Vigil of remembrance

    Guelph

    Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Prevention Day Community Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Kenneth Armstrong
    Phone:
    Email:

    A community event to spread awareness on IOAD including multiple speeches.

    Chilliwack

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil of Rememberance
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Salish Park
    45900 First Ave, Chilliwack, BC V2P 7K1, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Melina Elektra, founder
    Phone:
    Email: chilliwackops@gmail.com

    Chilliwack Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) will host a candelight vigil for loved ones the community has lost to overdose.

    Purple ribbons are available for everybdy.

    Moncton

    New Brunswick

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day: Remembering Those Lost to Overdose
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 01:00 pm
    Location: 80 Weldon Street, Moncton, NB
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ENSEMBLE Services Greater Moncton
    Contact: Sarah Doiron
    Phone: (506)859-9616
    Email: sdoiron@ensemblegm.ca

    ENSEMBLE Services Greater Moncton, in partnership with John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick, will be hosting an event on Monday, August 31st from 1-3pm at ENSEMBLE, located at 80 Weldon St. in Moncton.
    International Overdose Awareness Day is a day to come together and to remember those lost to overdose. There will be purple memorial ribbons displayed to honour loved ones lost. For anyone wishing to include the name of a loved one, they can contact us at 859-9616, by email at general@ensemblegm.ca, or through ENSEMBLE’s facebook page.
    We will also be having a BBQ at that time and we will have harm reduction resources available, as well as naloxone training & naloxone kits.

    Toronto

    Ontario

    Activity: Free Naloxone Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: Trinity Bellwood’s Park, Toronto
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: FRAEM Foundation
    Contact: Jason Newman
    Phone: (519) 652-5558
    Email: info@administeremergencymedicines.com

    Free Naloxone training and moment of peace for those who lost their lives to the opioid crisis.

    Peterborough

    Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 01:08 pm
    Location: Silver Bean Millenium Park Peterborough Ontario
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Gail
    Phone:
    Email: littlegail@live.ca

    We are having speakers about harm reduction…speakers on recovery and will be showing a video of all of our loved ones that have passed and each family member will be asked to come up and speak about their loved one. We will also have naloxone training.

    Williams Lake

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Information Session
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: Outside the Salvation Army
    272 Borland Street
    Williams Lake, BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Cariboo Action Team
    Contact: Lyn
    Phone: 250-3052-5009
    Email:

    The Williams Lake Boys & Girls Club, TNG, Interior Health and the Salvation Army are hosting a community information session for Overdose Awareness. Naloxone training and demonstrations (including nasal Naloxone) and information about harm reduction, including Take Home Drug Testing strips and the new Lifeguard app will be available. Naloxone kits available.
    Please practice social distancing.

    Langley

    British Columbia

    Activity: Langley CAT Flag Display
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Langley Overdose Community Action Table
    Contact: Daniel
    Phone:
    Email:

    Langley CAT have prepared purple flags to be placed in two public locations in Fort Langley and at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum. There will be 144 flags placed in the ground, to represent the 144 lives Langley has lost to overdose since 2016.
    The Douglas Park Spirit Square and the 200 Street Overpass will be lit up purple from dusk Aug 31st to dawn Sept 1st.

    Lethbridge

    Alberta

    Activity: Die-in and Rally for International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Location: Lethbridge City Hall . 910 – 4 Avenue South.Lethbridge, Alberta
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Lori Hatfield
    Phone: 403-894-0901
    Email: lorihatfield@gmail.com

    On August 31, the people of Lethbridge will come together from 5 to 8 pm at City Hall. They will be mourning the deaths of Albertans from all walks of life due to drug overdose. They will also mourn the loss of the ARCHES Supervised Consumption Site which is closing at 4:30 pm on August 31. This event will be a somber but peaceful rally and will include a “Die-In” in front of City Hall followed by a candlelight vigil walk from City Hall to ARCHES and back.

    This event is organized by concerned Albertans including employees of ARCHES, persons with lived experience, volunteers with Moms Stop The Harm and has the support of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, the Raging Grannies and Friends of Medicare.

    Brockville

    Ontario

    Activity: brockville’s Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: Brockville City Hall
    1 King St W
    Brockville, Ontario
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Brockville’s Overdose Outreach Team
    Contact: Jessica Besharah
    Phone: 6134989041
    Email: jesbesharah@gmail.com

    Laying out 13 people in honour of the 13 people we have lost so far this year from the toxic drug supply. We will have naloxone and other safe supplies available along with as much educational items that we can!

    Toronto

    ON

    Activity: IOAD Flag Raising ~ Candlelight Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 11am Flag Raising at Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto ON8pm Candelight Vigil at Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd, just south of the base of the CN Tower
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm & Families for Addiction Recovery
    Contact: Irene Paterson. (MSTH) Angie. Hamilton. (FAR)
    Phone: 647-308-0773. 416-559-5308
    Email: flagsofhopetoronto@gmail.com

    Irene (Moms Stop the Harm) and Angie (Famillies for Addiction Recovery) invite you join this global movement for Understanding, Compassion, Awareness and Change
    Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31st
    EVENTS:
    • Mayor John Tory will proclaim Overdose Awareness Day in Toronto on Monday 8/31
    • 11am ~ The Mayor will raise the International Overdose Awareness Day Flag at Toronto City Hall.
    The podium flag deck is closed to the public. The Flag Raising can be viewed from Nathan Phillips Square.
    • 8pm ~ Toronto’s iconic CN TOWER will illuminate PURPLE at dusk on Aug. 31st for Overdose Awareness Day.
    A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL will be held at Roundhouse Park to honour our loved ones.

    Nanaimo

    Activity: LifeLine
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: •Performance of LifeLine will take place at 4pm and at 6pm at the corner of Wesley Street and Fitzwilliam, Nanaimo, BC, at Standing Figure Sculpture by Troy Moth.Also from 4pm to 6pm:

    •Naloxone Use Training Table by AVI Health Centre Nanaimo

    •other events and arts installations will take place at Wesley Street and Franklyn produced by The Community Action Team, Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Health Centre, Open Heart Collaborative, Wisteria Association, Tree of Life Project by Peers from the Nanaimo chapter of BC YukonDrug War Survivors
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Crimson Coast Dance Society
    Contact: Holly Bright
    Phone: 250-716-3230
    Email: dance@crimsoncoast.org

    LifeLine

    A contemporary dance performance by Genevieve Johnson

    Dramaturgy by Holly Bright

    Score by Genevieve Johnson (poetry) and Sofina Johnson (composition)

    Produced by Crimson Coast Dance Society with support from CAT, Community Action Team

    August 31, 4pm and 6:00pm

    Wesley Street at Fitzwilliam – at the Standing Figure Sculpture across from St. Andrew’s Church (Sculpture by Troy Moth)

    LifeLine is a reflection on the crisis of addiction both as a society and in one’s personal life and intends to reflect compassionate understanding for the addict’s choices while recognizing the desire and the gravitas associated with the choice to use.

    ~the fifth stanza of the accompanying poem by Genevieve Johnson:
    Freedom
    Un-perfecting until calm
    Meandering around corners
    With patience
    Scoping the inner land
    without judgment
    landscapes under skin pulsing
    fault lines gaps wounds: all doors to new territories
    Being different as sacred
    Are we alright?
    the child within
    is
    an
    oak walking
    fractal self
    becoming Arbutus
    facing all winds

    Standing Figure Sculpture: Troy Moth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXF1oQ7cUJA&feature

    Toronto

    Ontario

    Activity: As We Mourn: Our Community Heals with Art
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 03:30 pm
    Location: Allen Gardens
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The As We Mourn Collective
    Contact: Sara
    Phone:
    Email: thralliance@gmail.com

    A gathering that centres the power of art and solidarity as a path to healing, while highlighting and advocating for what will ensure our dignity and quality of life. Activities will include patch-making for our community quilt, a speaker’s corner and food.

    Dartmouth

    Nova Scotia

    Activity: Intenrational Overdose Awareness Day Community Based Naloxone Training
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: 68 Highfield Park Drive.
    Dartmouth, NS
    B3Z 0A5
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
    Contact: Natasha Touesnard
    Phone:
    Email: natasha@capud.ca

    Please join Highfield PharmaChoice & the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD) for a community naloxone training including stories of lived experience of reversing overdoses with naloxone. We aim to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.

    International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that overdose death is preventable and acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Vancouver

    BC

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Webinar
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Akash Sidhu
    Phone: 6042907542
    Email: akash.sidhu@phsa.ca

    Dear Project Partners,

    The Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project is proud to present a webinar in honour of Overdose Awareness day. This webinar will be hosted by Dr. Annabel Mead, Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship with the BC Centre on Substance Use.

    On August 31st at 12:00pm we invite you to join us to remember the lives lost and learn how best to move forward. Register here: https://mediasite.phsa.ca/Mediasite/Play/dcaae6baa1ac4667ac19c55f73e8ffd01d

    You will learn:
    • How COVID19 has impacted our communities and the overdose health care emergency at large.
    • About the communities and populations who have experienced the greatest losses.
    • What we as carers and professionals can do to reverse the growing number of cases and overdose deaths.

    Who should attend:
    • Service providers (including physicians, clinicians) who work with people who may be impacted by substance use and those from difficult realties.

    A link to the recording will be available following the session live session.

    Presenters:

    Dr. Annabel Mead, MBBS, is Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship with the BC Centre on Substance Use. Her primary research interests and expertise include trauma-informed care, prevention and early intervention in substance-using populations, and safe and effective clinical management of opioid addiction and/or chronic pain in urban health settings and among vulnerable populations. Over the span of her medical career, Dr. Mead has developed clinical expertise in addiction medicine, complex pain management, concurrent psychiatric disorders, and women’s health, with a consistent focus on integrating teaching activities that foster excellence in clinical practice, leadership, research, and advocacy within the next generation of healthcare professionals. She has been involved in the design and implementation of medical education curricula in a range of practice settings and topic areas, including clinical management of sexual assault, safe opioid agonist prescribing, psychosocial interventions for substance misuse, and complex pain conditions.

    Dr. Charissa Patricelli is the Medical Director of the Families in Recovery (FIR) Combined Care Unit at BC Women’s Hospital. She is a family physician specialized in addiction medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. Originally from Northern Canada, her first career was in nursing, neonatology and pediatrics taking her to the southern US and outpost nursing stations throughout BC. Since earning her MD from UBC, she has worked in general practice, with street youth in Vancouver, in perinatal consult services at BC Women’s Hospital, the Addiction Medicine Consult Service at Royal Columbian Hospital, the Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre for women and children affected by substance use or violence, and opioid replacement clinics. She has also served as the physician lead for the Community Birth Program in Surrey, a collaborative maternity care program with midwives, physicians, doulas and nursing.

    Panelists:

    Hawkfeather Peterson, Advocate; Person with Lived Experience

    Dr. Carolyn Marchand, BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellow

    Dr. Tosh Mizzau, BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellow

    Delta

    BC

    Activity: City Hall and School District lights
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Delta City Hall
    Mountain View Blvd, Delta BCDelta School District office
    4585 Harvest Dr Delta BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: City of Delta and SD37
    Contact: Kim Ghilarducci
    Phone:
    Email:

    Light up purple of both Delta City Hall and Delta School District Office with purple lights in commemoration of IOAD
    Time of light up is unclear but will be in evening

    Delta

    British Colombia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness in Memory photo
    Date: 30/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: North Delta Community Park
    11311 84th Ave Delta BC
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Delta Community Action Table
    Contact: Kim Ghilarducci
    Phone:
    Email:

    Gathering of people from the Delta Community Action table for photo. Crosses, flags, banner, tshirts #endoverdose. We would like to be able to hold a public event, but covid restrictions prevents that so, it is strictly a private event that will be posted publically after on our webpage

    CRANBROOK

    British Columbia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day BBQ
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Street Angels
    46 17th ave s
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Ktunaxa Social Sector
    Contact: Laura Wittkopf
    Phone: 250-464-0573
    Email: laura.wittkopf@ktunaxa.org

    International Overdose Awareness Day
    Where: Street Angels
    When: August 31st from 11am to 2pm
    What: Street Angels, Scotty’s Recovery and Mary Basil Detox are hosting a community BBQ for Overdose Awareness. There will be take away burgers and pop, Naloxone training and demonstrations, discussions about overdoses in BC, and information about harm reduction. Please practice social distancing, sanitize, and watch for space markers when getting your food/drink.
    Naloxone kits available.

    Sault Ste. Marie

    Ontario

    Activity: A Walk to Remember
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Starting at middle of boardwalk parking at Galaxy Cinema. Then walking down to 2nd block of Gore St. for food and refreshments.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Save Our Young Adults
    Contact: Connie Raynor-Elliot
    Phone:
    Email: soyasaves2009@gmail.com

    Taking place starting on the boadwalk @ 5pm we will have a cermony for those who wish to write something on a rock and release it into the St. Mary\s River. from there we will proceed down to Gore St. where we will have a bbq with refreshments, freiends and family. Pictures and posters most welcome.

    Mississauga

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Ceremony
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 07:30 pm
    Location: The Port Credit Light House – 105 Lakeshore Road W, Mississauga ON
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Christine
    Phone: 4169986930
    Email: christineninrig@hotmail.com

    August 31, 2020 – International Overdose Awareness Day! 💜

    Please join us at the PORT CREDIT LIGHTHOUSE for a small, social distancing ceremony as it will be coloured purple in honour and recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day.

    The small ceremony will be used to honour and pay respect to our loved ones that we’ve lost to the Opioid Epidemic, to raise awareness and to put an end to the stigma!

    Please feel free to bring a picture of your loved one, to light a candle, bring a flower or wear purple in support of IOAD.

    COBOURG

    ON

    Activity: ‘The CommUNITY Project’ Film Screening
    Date: 25/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: youtube.com
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Green Wood Coalition
    Contact: David Sheffield
    Phone: 9052697610
    Email: greenwoodcoalition@gmail.com

    We will host an online screening of the short documentary film, ‘the commUNITY project’, produced by the Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Northumberland Drug Strategy. It will be available to watch August 25-31 at youtube.com (see link below).

    “Canada is facing an opioid crisis. People are dying in unprecedented numbers and communities across the country are struggling to find ways to address the problem. As the issue continues to create division, the question becomes, how do we build more compassionate communities in the face of the struggle? Can kindness help us heal?”

    Vancouver

    Bc

    Activity: Crab park barbecue
    Date: 22/08/2020
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: Crab park Vancouver bc
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Brooke
    Phone: 6049618765
    Email: Killerpink@hotmail.ca

    Volleyball, badminton, bingo, barbecue, potluck? Hot dogs hamburgers, chips, popsychology, juice, water and hopefully a small fire on the beachfront if the fire department approves it

    Timiskaming

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: Timiskaming
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Timiskaming Health Unit
    Contact: Kim Peters
    Phone:
    Email:

    Education and awareness (social media, print media, email blast, promoting the purple theme)
    Naloxone distribution and training
    Sharing professional development resources with community partners and workplaces related to stigma and overdose
    Municipal proclamations
    Encouraging people to share their stories of loved one lost to overdose
    Supporting and promoting related community partner events

    Hope

    British Columbia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Hope and Area Transition Society
    400 Park St.
    Hope, BC
    V0X1L0
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Hope Community Action Team
    Contact: Chris Battle
    Phone: 604-860-5759
    Email: chris.battle@hopetransition.org

    The purpose behind our event is to shed light on overdose and to honor those we have lost. We will have tables with HR supplies, plans for education (Naloxone training, etc.), purple ribbons, sidewalk chalk, purple heart posties, and masks to give away. Free BBQ. All welcome.

    Vancouver

    Activity: Naloxone training in French
    Date: 26/08/2020
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: 312 Main
    312 main st (entrance on Cordova)
    Vancouver
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: La Boussole – Centre Communautaire Francophone
    Contact: Maxime
    Phone:
    Email: laboussole@lbv.ca

    Training on OD response and naloxone administration in French
    Limited number of participants.

    Chatham-Kent

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Media Event
    Date: 24/08/2020
    Time: 01:00 am
    Location: 50 Adelaide St S
    Chatham, On
    N7M 5K7
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council
    Contact: Marjorie
    Phone: Crew
    Email: mcrew@familyservicekent.com

    CK Drug Awareness Council Media Campaign for International Overdose Awareness Day.

    August 31 is International Overdoes Awareness Day
    Campaign length: August 24- Sept 3

    *During this period there will be radio and social media messages

    *Purple ribbons will be placed around the community in memory of those who have died or suffered injury from overdose. We are encouraging everyone to tie a purple ribbon to end the stigma around drug related deaths.

    *Purple T-shirts to wear on August 31, are available- see previous post.

    *August 31 Memorial Facebook Live- 11 am

    Kimberley

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 29/08/2020
    Time: 08:00 pm
    Location: Cenotaph
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: EKNPUD
    Contact: Jessica Lamb
    Phone: 2504278008
    Email: supply.or.we.die@gmail.com

    Meet at the Cenotaph, Peaceful Protest March through the Platzl with a coffin, and back to the Cenotaph for moment of slience and a opportunity for people to speak.

    Please wear a mask and follow physical distancing and COVID protocols

    CRANBROOK

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:45 am
    Location: 209A 16 AVE N CRANBROOK, BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: ANKORS & EKNPUD
    Contact: Jessica Lamb
    Phone: 2504278008
    Email: supply.or.we.die@gmail.com

    10.45am – Peaceful Protest March to City Hall from ANKORS
    Events to follow in Rotary Park:
    – Introductions and Opening Prayers from the Ktunaxa Nation
    – BBQ, open mic and guest speakers
    – activities including: naloxone training, FTIR drug testing, memorial wall
    Evening Remembrance Vigil in Rotary Park in evening with lit candles and moment of silence.

    Stettler

    Alberta

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 08:30 am
    Location: 4720 50th Street Stettler
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Stettler & District Family & Community Support Services
    Contact: Andrea Lee
    Phone: 4037422337
    Email: andrea.lee@stettlercsc.ca

    We would like to host an Overdose Awareness Day the Stettler & District Family & Community Support Services office on August 31st, 2020. We are going to have information and education pamphlets. Onsite Naloxone training, Candle lighting, Survivors support group, and purple ribbons.

    North Bay

    Ontario

    Activity: 4th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day *Virtual* Week of Events North Bay Ontario
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Sponsored by Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing, North Bay and Parry Sound District Health Unit, AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, and hosted along with Nipissing First Nation, Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre, Nipissing Mental Health Housing and Support Services and Community Drug Strategy North Bay and Area
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: North Bay Area Drug Strategy Committee
    Contact: Katharine O’Connell
    Phone:
    Email: harmreductionpillarcdsnb@outlook.com

    4th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day *Virtual* Week of Events

    Monday August 31, 2020 @11-12pm–Online Opening Ceremonies

    Wednesday September 2, 2020 @2-2:30pm—Online Methamphetamine 101 Information Webinar

    Thursday September 3, 2020 @ 9-10:30am—Online Naloxone Training

    Friday September 4, 2020 at 10-11am—Live Facebook Feed of Memorial Flower Planting

    Other events include Free swag, snack bags and harm reduction supplies available, and overdose awareness garden memorial
    Register for events and get more details at www.myhealthunit.ca/overdoseawareness or email harmreductionpillarcdsnb@outlook.com

    Mission City

    British Columbia

    Activity: Masks We Wear Artwalk
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location: First Avenue in Mission BC
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Mission Overdose Community Action Team
    Contact: Kat Wahamaa
    Phone: 604-679-4463
    Email: stopoverdosemission@gmail.com

    Throughout August, leading up to International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, the Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) is coordinating a series of community art dialogues entitled“Masks We Wear”. Stigma masks the humanity of people who use substances and sways our current policy. Our communities are devastated by the ensuing loss of loved ones, and the loss of the potential of all the sons, daughters, mothers and fathers. The masks will be exhibited during the week of International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31, at businesses on First Avenue in Mission and then displayed in the Community Art Space at The Reach Gallery Museum as part of their fall exhibition. On August 31 community members are invited to take an “artwalk” from 3-7pm downtown. A memorial banner will be onsite for those that wish to add their loved ones name in remembrance.

    Surrey

    British Columbia

    Activity: Reflection Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 03:00 pm
    Location: Holland Park
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Surrey Overdose Response Community Action Team
    Contact: Sukh Shergill
    Phone: 604 351 3282
    Email: sukh@dialoguesinaction.com

    The Kwantlen First Nation will lead us in a welcoming ceremony followed by drumming meant to support healing. The Salvation Army will provide packaged meals. Naloxone training will be provided. It will be time to connect in solidarity while being socially distanced.

    New Westminster

    Activity: Overdose Memorial
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminter
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team
    Contact: Courtney Pankratz
    Phone: 604-562-5102
    Email: courtney.pankratz@purposesociety.org

    New Westminster Overdose Memorial to commemorate the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis. Submissions of photos, art, and poetry have been assembled into a collage and will be on display at the Anvil Centre between August 31 and September 5.

    New Westminster

    Activity: Lighting Up City Hall
    Date: 30/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 511 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Courtney Pankratz
    Phone: 6045625102
    Email: courtney.pankratz@purposesociety.org

    The City of New Westminster will be lighting up City Hall in purple on August 30 – 31 to honour the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis.

    Kitchener

    Activity: IOAD August Education Campaign
    Date: 01/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 am
    Location: **VIRTUAL**
    Follow along on our social media pages: @BFOMR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Bereaved Families of Ontario
    Contact: Jaime Bickerton
    Phone: 519-603-0196
    Email: jaime@bfomidwest.org

    In commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2020, we are launching an education campaign during the month of August. We hope to reduce the stigma and prejudice associated with deaths by substance use, build awareness and educate the community about the impact it can have on individuals and families who are grieving, and promote access to supports.

    Each week through the month of August, our education campaign will focus on various aspects of substance use and the grief associated with this type of death.

    We will be discussing:

    August 4-7: Stigma and the importance of language
    August 10-14: Complicated grief and how it relates to deaths by substance use
    August 17-21: Member stories and finding meaning
    August 24-28: Resources, supports and International Overdose Awareness Day events

    All of our campaign and discussion materials will be available through our social media channels (@BFOMR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and weekly emails through the month of August.

    Napanee

    Ontario

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Brenda Vale
    Phone: 6132428532
    Email: Roblinwescr@gmail.com

    I will use social media to invite people from my community and surrounding areas (a 50 km circle) to post tributes of lost loved ones.
    I will post facts to promote the event and awareness.
    I will do a Facebook live or prerecorded video on August 31st to pay tribute to those recognized by loved ones.
    Next year I hope to have a physical gathering.

    Saint-Jérôme

    QC

    Activity: On t’attend dehors!
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: 527 rue Saint-Georges, Saint-Jérôme QC J7Z 5B6
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Centre Sida Amitié
    Contact: Janie Ducharme
    Phone: 450-431-7432
    Email: coordo@csalaurentides.com

    Fête estivale extérieure sous la thématique de prévention des surdoses avec animation, musique, présentation du CSA, création collective, collations et breuvages, distribution de matériel stérile de consommation et de prévention ITSS, formation Naloxone et plus!

    White Rock

    British Columbia

    Activity: IOAD purple lighting of the White Rock pier
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:30 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Matthew Huot
    Phone:
    Email: mhuot@sourcesbc.ca

    Hosted by WRSS Community Action Team in coordination with the City of White Rock. At sundown on August 31st we will have the lights at the White Rock Pier changed to purple to honor everyone impacted by the overdose crisis.

    We will also have a booth set up beside the pier handing out harm reduction information and materials.

    White Rock

    British Columbia

    Activity: IOAD Flag Raising Ceremony
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Matthew Huot
    Phone:
    Email: mhuot@sourcesbc.ca

    Hosted by the WRSS Community Action Team. We will be raising a purple flag at White Rock City Hall to honor everyone impacted by the overdose crisis. We all also have a display of crosses to honor those who have lost their life as a result of overdose.

    (Covid /social distancing protocol)

    White Rock

    British Columbia

    Activity: IOAD Motorcade White Rock/South Surrey
    Date: 19/08/2020
    Time: 04:00 pm
    Location:
    Public/Private: Private
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Matthew Huot
    Phone:
    Email: mhuot@sourcesbc.ca

    A motorcade hosted by WRSS Community Action Team, the city of White Rock, and White Rock First Responders.

    The group will meet and proceed from the White Rock Centennial Arena parking lot to City Hally.

    (Covid /social distancing protocol)

    VANCOUVER

    BC

    Activity: Too Many Lost Soles- Somebody’s Someone
    Date: 30/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 am
    Location: 1. West Pedestrian Walk way of the Burrard Street Bridge
    2. Digital billboard on Pender and Abbott
    3. Telus Science World, BC Place and Vancouver City Hall
    4. Live Stream Vigilon August 31- 7PM MSTH public facebook
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Moms Stop the Harm
    Contact: DEB BAILEY
    Phone: 6049700416
    Email: dhbailey@telus.net

    1. West Pedestrian Walk way of the Burrard Street Bridge- To represent the number of people we in BC have lost in BC in the months of May, June and July, we will be attaching shoes to the walkway, along with tags where people can dedicate the shoes in memory of someone if they choose. Shoes go up on August 30 in the early am and will be taken down Sept 1. All shoes will be donated to various sites in the DTES.
    2. Digital billboard on Pender and Abbott- ulready up and running, there is a digital billboard featuring the faces of loved ones lost to overdose. The billboard will run until Sept 7, 2020
    3. So far Telus Science World, BC Place and Vancouver City Hall will light up in purple lights on the evening of August 31, 2020
    4.. A memorial vigil will be livestreamed on Mom’s Stop the Harm public Face book site. Bonnie Henry will be one of the spekader

    Sarnia

    ON-Ontario

    Activity: Overdose Awareness Day – Naloxone Training / Mural Painting
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 118 Victoria St. North
    Sarnia, ON
    N7T 5W9
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: BMC PHARMACY
    Contact: Marcel Laporte
    Phone: 5193379900
    Email: staff.bmcsarnia01@gmail.com

    – Naloxone Training
    – Overdose Education
    – Mural Painting in Honour of Loved Ones

    Campbell River

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:25 pm
    Location: Online/Digital
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Spirit Tribe Bath and Beyond
    Contact: Stephanie Elickus
    Phone:
    Email: blondie6792@gmail.com

    Join us this day to remember loved ones lost due to overdose, feel free to add your purple empty chair photos or just attend to support those who have lost. We want to end the stigma. This can happen to anyone. Lets change the future for those still suffering from addiction and youth at risk.

    Calgary

    Alberta

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day 2020
    Date: 24/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: 731 36 street NW
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Change the Face of Addiction
    Contact: Jessica
    Phone:
    Email: jessica.afcfa@gmail.com

    We will be hosting informational zoom sessions from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28 featuring presentations on naloxone training and harm reduction best practices, as well as information on grief support.

    Whitehorse

    Yukon

    Activity: Naloxone Trainig
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: 405 Ogilvie st
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Blood Ties Four Directions Centre
    Contact: Elizabeth Plishka
    Phone: 3063716250
    Email: education@bloodties.ca

    We will be hosting naloxone training throughout the entire week.
    Monday – Blood Ties
    Tuesday – during Drug User Group
    Wednesday – TBD
    Thursday – Fireweed Market
    Friday – Whitehorse Emergency Shelter

    Ottawa

    Ontario

    Activity: IOAD2020
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: Human Rights Monument – Elgin Street
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
    Contact: Stefan Amyotte
    Phone: 613-325-7949
    Email: samyotte@sandyhillchc.on.ca

    National Overdose Awareness day is an eventheld every year to commemorate those who have passed due to addictions and those who suffer from addictions. It is an hour long ceremony with guest speakers discussing the challenges faced by those affected by addictions and a call out for broader support in terms of drug policy’s in our communities.

    Quesnel

    B.C.

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Event
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 02:00 pm
    Location: #3- 445 Anderson Dr.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Coalition of Substance Users of the North (CSUN)
    Contact: Charlene Burmeister
    Phone: (250) 255-5868
    Email: openingdoorstoharmreduction@gmail.com

    Hosting a public awareness campaign in community.

    Courtenay

    BC

    Activity: Overdose Awareness & Petition gathering
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 1- Courtenay Art Gallery is hosting Community Action Team event on the plaza
    2- 5th Street & England Ave, Courtenay
    3- hoping for sites in Comox and Cumberland too. Still working on gathering volunteers to get signatures on petition
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Jennifer Hedican
    Phone: 250-218-2740
    Email: 1hed3@telus.net

    Gather signatures on petition, asking the Federal Government of Canada to appropriately respond to the Overdose Crisis.
    Three asks:
    1. Declare the current opioid overdose and fentanyl poisoning crisis a National Public Health Emergency under the Emergencies Act in order to manage and resource it with the aim to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths.
    2. Reform current drug policy to decriminalize personal possession.
    3. Create with urgency and immediacy a system to provide safe unadulterated access to substances so that people who use substances, experimentally, recreationally or chronically, are not at imminent risk of overdose due to a contaminated source.

    Regina

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day prevention and remembrance
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 01:30 pm
    Location: Legislative Grounds (on lawn by Legislature)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Saskatchewan Health Authority, AIDS Program South Saskatchewan, All Nations Hope Network, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, John Howard Society and more
    Contact: Ronni Nordal
    Phone: 309-522-3995
    Email: ronni@nordallaw.ca

    There seems to be no need to raise awareness that overdoses happen – as we are in the midst of an overdose crisis. There is a need to raise awareness that lives do not need to be lost to overdose and there is much that can be done to prevent overdose.

    Join us to remember and prevent.

    COVID-19 precautions will be in place – physical distancing and masks encouraged, hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.

    Greetings
    Speakers including those with lived experience
    Recognition of lives lost and of the hope that loss of more lives can be prevented
    Naloxone training and kits available
    Awareness tables
    Resource bags (non-perishable food and personal items) available

    Regina

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day prevention and remembrance
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: Mamaweyatitan Centre (outside library)
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Saskatchewan Health Authority, AIDS Program South Saskatchewan, All Nations Hope Network, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, John Howard Society and more
    Contact: Jody Oakes
    Phone: 306-631-4168
    Email: joakes@sk.johnhoward.ca

    There seems to be no need to raise awareness that overdoses happen – as we are in the midst of an overdose crisis. There is a need to raise awareness that live do not need to be lost to overdose and there is much that can be done to prevent overdose.

    Join us to remember and to prevent.

    COVID-19 precautions will be in place – physical distancing and masks encouraged, hand sanitizer and wipes will be available.

    Greetings
    Speakers including those with lived experience
    Recognition of lives lost and of the hope that loss of more lives can be prevented
    Naloxone training and kits available
    Awareness tables
    Resource bags (non-perishable food and personal items) available

    Medicine Hat

    Alberta

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 05:00 pm
    Location: Rite Downtown Garden Center, Medicine Hat
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Medicine Hat Drug Coaltion
    Contact: Krista Worobec
    Phone:
    Email:

    The Medicine Hat Drug Coalition will be hosting a come and go vigil in downtown Medicine Hat. Join us from 5 – 9 pm on August 31. We will have our flags of hope on display as well as luminaries available for people to leave messages to loved ones. On display will be all the luminaries from past events as well. From August 28 until Sept 4 the Medicine Hat teepee will be lit up in purple lights as well to raise awareness about this day. This event is open to the public and we hope to see you there.

    Quesnel

    BC

    Activity: overdose awareness day memorial BBQ
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: 2788Nazko Highway
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: WildWomen of the North Society
    Contact: Willow Giesinger
    Phone: 1(250)925-1060
    Email: wildwomenofthenorth@gmail.com

    we rent the park downtown and host a memorial BBQ to honour those who have lost their lives to overdose. last year we had traditional dancers and drumming and a local rap artist to entertain while service providers showcased their services and we did naloxone training. This year is the same event but we are also hosting a drug users meeting on the same day so people with lived experience can share their experiences. We have lost many people in our community due to lack of services or lack of continuity in services and feel that a large call out for feed back is important to feed into our advocacy efforts.

    Truro

    Nova Scotia

    Activity: Awareness Display “One Overdose Death is One Too Many”
    Date: 29/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Farmer’s Market on Prince Street, Truro, N.S.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Northern Healthy Connections Society
    Contact: Alana Weatherbee
    Phone: 902-895-0931
    Email: support@nhcsociety.ca

    Display Table providing awareness material about the mandate of the organization, awareness of the intention behind a harm reduction approach, information regarding priority populations vulnerable to mental health/addictions and injection drug use such as the LGBTQ community, people in conflict with the law, individuals who are homeless, etc.
    Naloxone Program promoted and training and kits provided.

    Alberta

    Activity: IOAD 2020
    Date: 24/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Worlds Tallest Teepee
    Address: 15 Eagle Birth Rd SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4W1, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Medicine Hat Drug Coaliltion
    Contact: Kym
    Phone: Porter
    Email: kym.porter@mhcbe.ab.ca

    Due to Covid restrictions, our event will be low key this year.

    We will still be honouring the lives lost and the ongoing struggle by offering an awareness event with naloxone training, candle light vigil, information and an ability to safely connect with others in our small community of Medicine Hat Alberta Canada.

    Our city is home to the worlds largest teepee and it will be lit in purple for a week at the end of August.

    I have made this small display hosting 48 hearts for the 48 souls no longer here but still loved and grieved deeply.

    Powell River

    BC

    Activity: Paint the town purple
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: 6460 King Ave
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Individual
    Name of Organisation:
    Contact: Darlana L Treloar
    Phone: 6044839059
    Email: darlana.treloar@gmail.com

    This year will be different..Because of Covid we are not gathering..I am creating a visual here in Powell River..Our City Hall will light up purple and will fly the flag at halfmast..im having a Purple IOAD flag made. we will ask businesses and residents to light up Purple for AUgust 31st..I will also be putting purple ribbons and faces on trees and poles on our busiest street as well as people displaying ribbons and faces at their own homes

    Toronto

    Activity: Candelight Vigil – CN Tower illuminates Purple for rememberance
    Date: 3/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: CN Tower, Toronto at Roundhouse Park south of the base of the CN Tower
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Flags of Hope Toronto
    Contact: Flags of Hope Toronto
    Phone:
    Email: flagsofhopetoronto@gmail.com

    CN Tower will be lit purple on August 31st and Mayor John Tory will present a proclamation for Overdose Awareness Day in Toronto

    Peterborough

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: City Hall 500 George St
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Brad’s Bears
    Contact: Lori
    Phone:
    Email: bradsbearsptbo@gmail.com

    On August 31st 2020 (International Overdose Awareness Day) we will be building a powerful display to showcase the severity of overdose in our community and raise awareness.

    We will be at City Hall at 9:00 am to set up the display. We encourage you to bring down items (pictures of your loved ones, items that belonged to them etc) to add to our display between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. The more personal touches we can add the more impactful the display will be
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    We will be on site from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. We have International Overdose Awareness Day bracelets and pins to hand out as well as a wealth of resources and educational information to share. We look forward to seeing new faces and reconnecting with those we have met in the past. We are here to hear your story, come down and tell us about your loved ones and the impact overdose has had on your life. We are a safe place and EVERYONE is welcome. We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to be heard and every story matters. From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm we invite local media and local government representatives to join us. (we ask they join us in the afternoon so the display will be fully set up with your personal touches)

    If you are unable to see us in person please join our online event
    https://www.facebook.com/events/290328125393066/

    We are pleased to say Peterborough Aids Resource Network (PARN) will be joining us and co-hosting this event. PARN brings with them the experience of fighting the opioid crisis on the front lines as well as deep understanding of harm reduction practices.

    COVID – 19 Protocol: Please keep in mind the social distancing rules. We will be outside so masks will not be mandatory, however we do encourage them. We will have some masks available for anyone unable to bring their own. We will be respectful of social distancing and kindly ask you to wait your turn to visit with us and/or place items at the display.

    Niagara Falls

    Ontario

    Activity: Lighting Up Niagara Falls
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 10:00 pm
    Location: The Falls on Niagara Parkway
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Positive Living Niagara
    Contact: Claire
    Phone: 905-984-8684 ext 141
    Email: claurie@positivelivingniagara.com

    Due to COVID-19 there will be official public gathering, however The Falls will be lit up purple at 10:00pm on August 31st for a 15 minute period, in memory of those who have passed from an overdose. We invite friends and family to go down to the Falls to view the illumination, in socially distant groups.

    Vancouver

    BC

    Activity: #EndOverdose Candlelight Memorial Service
    Date: 27/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: 1835 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
    V5L 1T3, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers
    Contact: Nicole Webb
    Phone: 604-536-6522
    Email: loc3745@dignitymemorial.com

    Virtual candlelight memorial service in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day.

    Online/Digital

    BC

    Activity: Every Word Matters. Your Words Matter. Addiction Matters.
    Date: 06/07/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: On-line Event – open to everyone, everywhere
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Year
    Contact: Sandra Tully
    Phone: 250 320 1015
    Email: sltully99@gmail.com

    On-line Pledge Campaign to End Stigma – open to everyone, everywhere

    For individuals and families impacted by substance use, stigma is an ever-present reality that results in discrimination, reluctance to access treatments and supports and contributes to overdoses. We can end stigma just through our language.

    Words have power.

    Consider the language you use when talking about someone who uses substances and use person-first and recovery-oriented language instead. Together, we can end the harm caused by stigmatizing language.

    Join us in taking the pledge, then use the selfie cards to promote action and bring awareness.
    www.addictionmatters.ca

    Brantford

    Ontario

    Activity: IOAD Online Awareness Campaign Week
    Date: 24/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location: Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand, and Norfolk
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: IOAD Planning Committee Brantford, Haldimand, Norfolk
    Contact: Allie Torrance
    Phone: 905 520 8083
    Email: hrbrant@aidsnetwork.ca

    Moving to a community engagement and online format, the IOAD planning committee has been working to develop an online campaign with a week of social media engagement activities, resources, personal stories, videos, and calls to action. During the week leading up to August 31st, we are asking community members, local businesses, and community organizations to show their solidarity with people who use drugs by hosting a banner or poster within their spaces and in their windows containing important messaging and demands to end the overdose crisis and to improve the lives of people who use drugs in our communities. All of the work throughout this week will be shared and posted across social media platforms. We will be holding a online debrief space after August 31st to hold space for people who have been impacted by overdose, as a space of solidarity, of anger, of healing, of tribute and of love.

    Sydney

    Nova Scotia

    Activity: Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Day 2020
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Wentworth Park, Sydney, Nova Scotia
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: The Ally Centre of Cape Breton
    Contact: Natasha Rowe
    Phone: 19025743342
    Email: natasha.rowe@bellaliant.com

    We will be marching from our centre at 150 Bentinck Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Wentworth Park. We will have indigenous drummers leading our march. During our event we will have many first voice speakers, drumming and singing, and reading of names of people who have passed due to the overdose crisis. We will follow the reading of names with a moment of silence and smudging.

    Edmonton

    Alberta

    Activity: Healing Hearts with Moms Stop The Harm
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: Online activities, purple ribbon campaign, via digital billboard campaign and at Victoria Park Site 6 for an informal gathering and candlelight vigil.  Bring masks
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Healing Hearts with Moms Stop The Harm
    Contact: Angela
    Phone:
    Email: HealingHeartsEdmonton@gmail.com

    Due to Covid19 restrictions we will be unable to host our public event as we have in the past, however, we must continue to acknowledge and recognize IOAD and we have the following activities planned:

    *In the month leading up to August 31st – we will have a digital billboard campaign to raise awareness of IOAD at 82 Avenue & 99 Street and 109 Street & Jasper Avenue (Edmonton, AB)

    *Moms Stop The Harm – “Tie A Purple Ribbon” Campaign promotion via social media – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PurpleRibbonForOverdoseAwareness/

    *August 31, 2020 at 7:30pm: An informal gathering for IOAD at Victoria Park Site 6 (12030 River Valley Rd NW) with candlelight vigil at 8.45pm as the High Level Bridge will be lit up in purple in honour of IOAD. (Candles will not be provided this year). Physically distancing measures are in place in the park. Please bring a mask.

     

    Nanaimo

    British Columbia

    Activity: Memorial Garden-Overdose Awareness
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 pm
    Location: Last year held at Maffeo Sutton Park
    100 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9R 3H7
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Wisteria Community Association
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2505916443
    Email: wisteriacommunityass@shaw.ca

    This year due to Covid-19 we are building a Memorial Garden to all lost.
    We have 100 hearts and we are collecting names to add, then place on the fence.
    Building a rock monument with a water fountain and planted flowers so they grow year round and few other items.  Will do 2 Candle Light ups at 6 PM and 8 PM to give everyone a chance to visit. Can be seen from Milton Street.

    Toronto

    ON

    Activity: Weathered
    Date: 31/08/2020
    Time: 06:00 am
    Location: Will take place online.
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Twentytwenty Arts
    Contact: Megan Kee
    Phone: 6472876843
    Email: megan@twentytwentyarts.com

    Weathered is a digital photography exhibition & fundraising campaign raising awareness for overdose death.

    Weathered is asking families to produce memorialized photographs of shoes and mementos belonging to loved ones who have lost their lives to an overdose. Weathered sets out to raise awareness for overdose death and funds for Street Health’s Overdose Prevention Site.

    All photograph submissions will be accepted (June 1st – July 6th, 2020). We encourage everyone, regardless of skill level, to submit a memorialized photograph with a written description about their loved one.

    All photographs, stories, videos, and content will be shared on Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st, 2020).

    Additional details about the campaign can be found here: https://www.twentytwentyarts.com/weathered

    Victoria

    British Columbia

    Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: 01/08/2020
    Time: 09:00 am
    Location:
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: South Island Community Overdose Response Network
    Contact: Jennifer Howard
    Phone: 250-889-5926
    Email: ioadyyj@gmail.com

    Due to Covid 19 restrictions we will be unable to host our public event. However, our committee is committed to recognizing this important day and we have the following activities planned:
    *August 31st – Facebook Live Candlelight Vigil “Words and Music of Remembrance”
    *In the month leading up to August 31st – social media/on line petition calling for “Decriminalization”
    *signage leading into the city acknowledging IOAD
    *Display table set up at our main hospital with educational/resource information
    *Moms Stop The Harm – “Tie A Purple Ribbon” Campaign promotion via social media

    Leduc

    AB

    Activity: 3rd Annual Overdose Awareness, Prevention & Remembrance Event
    Date: 28/08/2020
    Time: 07:00 pm
    Location: Civic Centre
    #1 Alexandra Park
    Leduc, AB, Canada
    Public/Private: Public
    Individual/Organisation: Organisation
    Name of Organisation: Dylan’s Hope Foundation
    Contact: Jessica Farmer
    Phone: 7802930789
    Email: timetoactleduc@shaw.ca

    Dylan’s Hope Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Overdose Awareness, Prevention & Remembrance event on Friday, August 28th, in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day.

    It will be an evening of public awareness and education to help reduce the stigma of those who struggle with this health challenge.

    It will also be an opportunity to gather for a continued call for action to address this crisis and a meaningful Vigil to honor and remember loved ones that we have lost.

    Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Education, Awareness & Support
    Free Naloxone Training & Kit Distribution
    Flags of Hope
    Candlelight Memorial Vigil
    Light Tribute

    FREE EVENT, Everyone Welcome

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