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  • Abbotsford, BC

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 1pm – 4pm
    Location: Jubli Park, 32315 S Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC.
    Contact: Kari Hackett/ Monika Verma
    Phone: 778-239-1411
    Email: director@plfv.ca
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    This is a world event for Overdose Awareness and in the current crisis we are in with Fraser Region having a high spike in deaths in the last two weeks.
    To create awareness and for everyone to know that Overdose affects all of us and Overdoses happen using illicit and licit drugs and it affects all of us. Abbotsford is second only to Surrey for Overdose Deaths.
    Our hope is to bring our communities together, reduce the stigma attached to Overdoses and create more awareness in the general community around this epidemic affecting our most vulnerable citizens, those that use drugs recreationally and those that use prescription opiates.
    WE thank everyone for their concern. We also encourage anyone that has lost someone to overdose to stop by the memorial quilt table and fill in a square. This will eventually become a quilt that could possibly travel across Canada and become an ongoing memorial to those that are lost.
    The partners in this event are Positive Living Fraser Valley Society, SARA for Women Society, Abby PD, The City of Abbotsford, Mennonite Central Committee, Abbotsford Community Services and 5&2 Ministries, and community members.
    ALSO NALOXONE TRAINING WILL BE OFFERED FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT (Inquire at the Positive Living Tent) and then there will be a group training.

    Selkirk, Manitoba

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Memorial in Selkirk
    Date: August 31 8:00pm
    Location: Waterfront
    Contact:
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    Email: anlina@the595.ca
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    Join us to honour and remember our loved ones and community members who have died or been permanently injured by overdose.

    We will have drumming by the FireHeart Womens’ Drum Group, a candle light vigil, and hear stories and tributes from friends, families, and survivors.

    Sudbury, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at OATC
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 9:00-5:00
    Location: Sudbury OATC
    450 Notre Dame Ave
    Sudbury ON
    P3C5K8
    Contact: Wendy Mauro-Allard
    Phone: 705-618-7286
    Email:
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    On August 31 Sudbury OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit (bring your health card)

    Parry Sound, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at OATC
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 9:00-1:00
    Location: Parry Sound OATC
    32 James St
    Parry Sound, ON
    Contact: Wendy Mauro-Allard
    Phone: 705-618-7286
    Email:
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    On August 31st Parry Sound OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit (bring your health card) We look forward to seeing you.

    Sault Ste Marie, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at OATC
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 8:00-4:00
    Location: Sault Ste Marie OATC
    500 Queen Street
    Sault Ste Marie, ON
    Contact: Wendy Mauro-Allard
    Phone: 705-618-7286
    Email:
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    On August 31st Sault Ste Marie OATC will have our dedicated pharmacy staff and clinic support staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit. Please bring a valid health card. We look forward to seeing you.

    North Bay, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at OATC
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 8:30-3:30
    Location: North Bay OATC
    456 Ferguson St
    North Bay, ON
    Contact: Wendy Mauro-Allard
    Phone: 705-618-7286
    Email:
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    On August 31st North Bay OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit. Please bring a valid health card. We look forward to seeing you.

    Toronto, Ontario

    Event: We Fight for Those We Love and Lost
    Date: August 31, 2017 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Location: Where: Dr. Eric Hoskin's office – 803 St Clair W between Christie & Oakwood.
    Contact: odactionto@gmail.com
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    Email: odactionto@gmail.com
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    wo people die every day of overdose in Ontario. The provincial opioid strategy and their response is insufficient. The Minister of Health says he wants more data before further action or resources are dedicated to this public health emergency.

    On Overdose Awareness Day we will hold a vigil and build a memorial outside his community office, on the territories of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

    We will come together in our grief, loss and determination to demand action and honour the people we have lost to overdose. Our loved ones are not data. He wants data? Then we will bring it to his door step. We encourage people from all over the city to join us to help build a memorial that he and his government can’t ignore.

    Where: Dr. Eric Hoskin’s office – 803 St Clair W between Christie & Oakwood.

    What to bring: photographs, mementos, signs with your loved ones names, candles, flowers, etc.

    When: We will begin building the vigil at 11 am. Come by any time and help build the memorial. Overdose prevention training with naloxone will be offered. A memorial ceremony will take place at 6 pm.

    Sydney

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Cape Breton
    Date: August 31, 2017 12:00 pm
    Location: Wentworth Park, Sydney NS
    Contact: Christine Porter
    Phone: 9025671766
    Email: christine.porter@bellaliant.com
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    On the heels of the release of Nova Scotia’s Opioid Use and Overdose Framework, the Ally Centre of Cape Breton in partnership with Public Health, the Jane Paul Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and Mental Health and Addictions will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st. The groups are extending an invitation to the public to attend a memorial service for those who died or suffered permanent injury from overdose. It is a chance for families, friends, first responders, front line workers and health care providers to reflect on the lives of those lost and feel the support of others who are experiencing the same pain and trauma of loss. It is also an opportunity to create awareness and to reduce the stigma of drug related deaths. It is important that no-one feels shame or disgrace over a drug overdose. If this has happened in your family, you are not alone. From 2008 to 2016, 169 people died from drug overdose in Cape Breton.
    Christine Porter, Director of the Ally Centre of Cape Breton says, “Although our Provincial and Federal Governments and Health Authorities are now moving quickly on certain aspects of harm reduction, such as sustainable funding for needle distribution programs and increased access to Naloxone, there is still a need to address increased access to a range of treatment options including Methadone and Suboxone, as well as safe consumption sites. There is also a great need to act upon the inequities felt by rural communities and those communities experiencing a lack of social infrastructure which is needed to address mental health and addictions. “
    The event will take place on August 31st at the Wentworth Park band shell in Sydney at 12:00 noon. We will be providing on the spot overdose prevention training and free take home Naloxone kits as well as have lots of materials available concerning overdose prevention. An opening prayer and smudging will be performed by Katy MacEwan an Elder from Membertou. The Reverend Dana Feltmate will be speaking a few words of hope and support. There will also be a poetry reading and a song by our community Naloxone trainer, Julia DiGeorgio. The Membertou Drummers will be performing the honor song. We will hold a moment of silence, where the first names of those who have passed will be voiced in remembrance and support of their loved ones. The Ally Centre invites anybody who would like to have their loved one’s name voiced to please contact Christine Porter, 902-567-1766 or email christine.porter@bellaliant.com

    Guelph ON

    Event: Die In
    Date: August 31, 2017 12 lunchtime
    Location: St Georges square in front of the Eaton center… Downtown Guelph @ 12 o'clock (lunchtime)

    Guelph, Ontario Canada
    Contact: Karen L
    Phone: 519-994-5419
    Email: street@archguelph.ca
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    We will all congregate at the Guelph Community Health Center and march down 2 the square…there will be brief words, a moment of silence for the ones we have lost…a few more words will be spoken at which time people will start to drop as if an overdose has just occurred some of the folks will be able to get up quickly thanks to Naloxone & 911 others will not be so lucky!!

    Peterborough, ON

    Event: Aylmer St. Naloxone Blitz
    Date: Wednesday August 31 2017 8:00am – 5:30pm
    Location: 296 Aylmer St. North
    Peterbrough, Ontario* Downtown Peterborough near the corner of King and Aylmer *
    Contact: Taylor L
    Phone: 705 741 1646
    Email: tlycett@onatpharm.ca
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    Aylmer St. Pharmacy specializes in addiction treatments. We have a welcoming, caring environment and strive to ensure anyone going through a rough patch has somewhere to turn. Not only do we want the best for all of our patients but we also want to make the community more involved in the current opioid epidemic.

    Aylmer St. Pharmacy welcomes EVERYONE in the community and surrounding area to come in and receive a FREE NALOXONE KIT & TRAINING. We also encourage community members to see what we are about – we want to help get rid of the stigma around addiction programs & naloxone kits.

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    ABOUT CANADIAN ADDICTION TREATMENT PHARMACY
    CATP is comprised of a team of Healthcare Professionals and Support Teams to provide care and support to individuals affected by opioid addiction. We strive on treating the whole person as well as the addiction. We care greatly to treat every person with the dignity and respect that they deserve on their journey to betterment.
    CATP uses an integrated care model wherein we work collaboratively with the patient’s network of healthcare providers to optimize patient care. In addition to fulfilling the patient’s medication requirements. We also offer a complete range of pharmacy services to improve patient lifestyle, including Hepatitis C and HIV Treatments, Immunizations, Smoking Cessation, Medication Reviews, Diabetic Care, Blood Pressure Monitoring and Compliance Aids.
    ( more info here: http://canatp.ca/ )

    Salt Spring Island, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31, 2017 12 NOON
    Location: Centennial Park, Salt Spring Island
    Contact: Trinda Gajek
    Phone: 250-538-4886
    Email:
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    Join Island Health on Overdose Day to remember loved ones and community members who have died from overdose. The Harm reduction team will discuss overdose prevention strategies and provide harm reduction and Naloxone supplies at the event. For more information, please contact Trinda Gajek, Harm Reduction Public Health Lead, Salt Spring Public Health at 250-538-4886.

    Lindsay, Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Booth
    Date: August 31, 2017 12 – 4pm
    Location: 10 Angeline St N, Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4M8
    Contact:
    Phone:
    Email: quality@rmh.org
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    Along with our community partners – PARN, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, and FourCAST – we will be hosting a week-long Overdose Awareness Information Booth in the Main Lobby of the Hospital. On International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) PARN and the Health Unit, will be hosting a pop-up Naloxone Kit Distribution booth from 12-4pm.

    Brampton, Ontario

    Event: Overdose Prevention Training Workshop
    Date: August 31, 2017 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: Community Door Services Network
    7700 Hurontario St
    Front Conference Room
    Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3
    Contact: Adam
    Phone:
    Email: adamc@phan.ca
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    The Peel Harm Reduction Committee is providing a free overdose prevention workshop as part of its free workshop series.

    We will be talking about:

    What is an overdose?
    How drugs affect the body
    Overdose risk factors
    Recognizing the signs of an overdose
    How to respond
    Self care
    Naloxone training

    All those who attend will receive free Naloxone and training from Peel Public Health, as well as overdose prevention training.

    Nanaimo

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31 2017 2PM -4PM
    Location: Maffeo Sutton Park
    100 Comox Road
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2507551014
    Email: ladyblackrose@telus.net
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    On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand beside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on their losses. The event intends to reinforce the idea that no-one need feel shame or disgrace at the death of someone from drug overdose.

    Lethbridge, Alberta

    Event: Lethbridge honours International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
    Date: Thursday, August 31 7:00 pm
    Location: Civic Center Field – 905 6 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4N9
    Contact:
    Phone:
    Email: awhynott@lethbridgearches.com
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    The event will kick off with a chalkboard on Monday, August 28th. It will be titled “For the Ones We Love”, where people are able to write messages to individuals or about how overdose has effected their lives. This will remain up until Thursday the 31st, where at 7:00pm we will have a candlelit moment of silence, as well as an opportunity to sign a pre-written letter to the government about the importance of increasing nalaxone funding.

    Halifax, NS

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31st, 2017 1030am
    Location: 2158 Gottingen Street
    Contact: Cindy MacIsaac
    Phone: 9024200566 Ext 211
    Email: direction180@ns.aliantzinc.ca

    At 10:30am we will walk from Direction 180 to City Hall to hear the Proclamation acknowledging Overdose Awareness Day in Halifax, followed by three moments of silence, one for those we have lost, one for their families and loved ones and one to plea for policies and practices that improve the well being of people who use drugs. Silver ribbons and badges will be given out and we will offer on-the-spot naloxone administration training. Everyone is invited to join us in front of Mainline afterwards for a free BBQ and refreshments donated and prepared by Success College.

    Longlac, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at OATC (Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre)
    Date: August 31, 2017 8:00 to 2:00
    Location: Longlac OATC
    92 Indian Rd
    Longlac ON
    P0T 2A0
    Contact: Michelle Brunet
    Phone: 705-943-5524
    Email: mbrunet@oatc.ca
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    On August 31st Longlac OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit. Please bring a valid health card to the Longlac OATC. We look forward to seeing you.

    Constance Lake, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day OATC – Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre
    Date: August 31, 2017 9:00 to 12:20
    Location: Constance Lake OATC
    5 Amik St
    Constance Lake, ON
    P0L1B0
    Contact: Michelle Brunet
    Phone: 705-943-5524
    Email: mbrunet@oatc.ca

    On August 31st Constance Lake OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit. Please bring a valid health card to the Constance Lake OATC. We look forward to seeing you.

    Hearst, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day OATC – Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre
    Date: August 31, 2017 1:30 to 4:00
    Location: Hearst OATC
    12 10th St.
    Hearst, ON
    P0L1N0
    Contact: Michelle Brunet
    Phone: 705-943-5524
    Email: mbrunet@oatc.ca
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    On August 31st Hearst OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit. Please bring a valid health card to the Hearst OATC. We look forward to seeing you.

    Pic Mobert, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day OATC – Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre
    Date: August 31, 2017 9:00 to 1:00
    Location: Pic Mobert OATC
    101 11th St.
    Pic Mobert, ON
    P0M2J0
    Contact: Michelle Brunet
    Phone: 705-943-5524
    Email: mbrunet@oatc.ca

    On August 31st Pic Mobert OATC will have our dedicated Nurses and Support Staff available to discuss overdose and addiction. We will be offering free Naloxone training from a Pharmacist. All participants will receive a free Naloxone kit. Please bring a valid health card to the Pic Mobert OATC. We look forward to seeing you.

    Salmon Arm, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    Location: Located in the heart of downtown Salmon Arm, come join us at Ross Street Plaza on the corner of Ross Street and Hudson Avenue by the water fountain.
    Contact: Kaley York-Pearce
    Phone: 250-833-4101
    Email: kaley.york@interiorhealth.ca

    This event aims to raise awareness around overdose prevention. Naloxone training will be offered to equip community members with the knowledge and skills to reverse an overdose and save a life.

    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day at OATC (Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres
    Date: Aug 31, 2017 9:00 am-3:30 pm
    Location: 1. OATC Thunder Bay South125 Vickers Street South, Thunder Bay Ontario, P7E 1J2
    2. OATC Thunder Bay Red River 6-843 Red River Road, Thunder Bay Ontario, P7B 1K3
    3. OATC Thunder Bay Westfort 218 Frederica Street West, Thunder Bay Ontario, P7E 3W2
    4. OATC Thunder Bay North 119 Cumberland Street North, Thunder Bay Ontario, P7A 4M3
    Contact: Kelly Tremblay
    Phone: 647-400-3569
    Email: Kratremblay@oatc.ca

    On August 31, 2017 OATC will have our Nurses and our Support Team on hand to discuss overdosing and addictions. We will also be offering free Naloxone training. All participants will receive a naloxone kit (must bring health card) and an entry ballot for a tasty treat gift basket.

    Sydney, NS

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Cape Breton
    Date: August 31, 2017 12:00 pm
    Location: Wentworth Park Band Shell, Sydney Nova Scotia
    Contact: Christine Porter
    Phone: 9025671766
    Email: christine.porter@bellaliant.com
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    A memorial service and prevention event. Songs and poetry along with a moment of silence while the names of those lost are voiced in remembrance and support. On the spot naloxone and overdose prevention training.

    Whitehorse, Yukon

    Event: Is Naloxone Enough? A Panel Discussion to Explore the Stigma of Drug Use and Overdose
    Date: August 31, 2017 12 to 1:30 PM
    Location: Where: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
    When: Thursday, August 31st
    From: 12-1:30pm
    Contact: Patricia Bacon
    Phone: (867) 335-9067
    Email: executivedirector@bloodties.ca
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    Is Naloxone enough?

    International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st!

    Join us for a thoughtful panel discussion where we TURN UP the conversation on the stigma of drug users and its relationship to the overdose crisis in Canada!

    We have a strong panel – a Outreach Nurse, a Harm Reduction and Wellness Counsellor, a person with lived experience, and an Doctor of a Medical Clinic.

    Fort St James, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – Coming together
    Date: August 31, 2017 12pm to 6pm
    Location: Spirt Square, Fort St James, BC
    Contact: Stephanie Sutton
    Phone: 250-570-1073
    Email: healthnurse1@nakazdli.ca
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    Nurses from the Nak’azdli Health Center have partnered with Nak’azdli Wellness, Northern Health Public Health Nursing, Community Paramedics, The Key, Mental Health & Addiction Services along with community members to conduct a community event that will focus on the cause: increase awareness of overdose and to acknowledge the grief for those who have been affected by overdose in someway.

    With the provincial overdose emergency, we feel this is a critical time to educate community. We hope to make further parnterships with those whom are at higher risk of overdose or who know those who may be at high risk of overdose. eg. those living in our downtown core, family/friend/community members

    Powell River, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: Aug 31st 6:00pm
    Location: Willingdon Beach Upper Lot
    Contact: Amanda Evans or Darlana Treloar
    Phone: 604 485 0992 Amanda / 604 483 9059 Darlana
    Email: amanda@prcrc.org
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    Everyday, we see lives around us being changed and lost to overdose. Overdose does not discriminate – it could be you or someone you love, a friend, or your colleague. This year on International Overdose Awareness Day, Powell River needs your support. Get involved to prevent the tragedy of overdose.
    On August 31 at Willingdon Beach (Upper Lot) Powell River will participate in International Overdose Awareness Day with a community event to raise awareness, to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, and to pay respects to their surviving family, friends, partners, coworkers, etc.
    6:00 pm – City Hall: Peaceful March from City Hall to Willingdon Beach
    6:00 pm – Willingdon Beach (Upper Lot): Naloxone Training and Overdose Prevention Information
    6:30 pm – Willingdon Beach (Upper Lot): Memorial Tree Planting and Story Sharing Ceremony

    Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.

    Courtenay, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31, 2017 6 pm to 8 pm
    Location: Simms Park, 489 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, BC. V9N 1J6
    Contact: Jennifer Hedican
    Phone: 2503384487
    Email: 1hed3@telus.net
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    Come together to remember those who have died due to an overdose, to support those who are currently fighting addiction and to increase awareness of the disease of addiction.

    New Westminster, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day New Westminster, BC
    Date: August 31, 2017 6 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: Hyack Square, in New Westminster, British Columbia
    Location: Hyack Square, beside the old Keg building, on Columbia Street (near New Westminster Skytrain station).
    Contact: Sasha
    Email: sbwood@uvic.ca

    On August 31 let’s join together to remember loved ones and help prevent overdose in our community. Time to Remember. Time to Act. #EndOverdose #OverdoseAware2017 www.overdoseday.com

    Event details: Everyone Welcome
    Speakers, information, and time to remember those we loved and lost. More info TBA

    Victoria, British Columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2017. 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: 1 Centennial Square
    Victoria BC
    Contact: Heather Hobbs
    Phone: 250-384-2366
    Email: ioad2017vic@gmail.com
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    “We Fight for Those We Love and Lost”
    As the Opioid epidemic continues to impact communities across Canada, we invite families, friends and public to join us for a day of Remembrance for those lives lost. Our event will be a day 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 honour and remember loved ones that we have lost. The outline of events for this day include:
    4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Education and Awareness/ Free Naloxone Training
    4:30 pm – 8:00 pm A memorial activity to recognize the loss of a loved one
    4:30 pm – 8:00 pm Information and Resource Tables
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm A rally and call to action featuring guest speakers
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Candlelight Vigil

    North Bay, Ontario

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Gathering
    Date: Thursday August 31, 2017 1:00-4:00pm
    Location: City Hall Park
    200 McIntyre Street E
    North Bay Ontario
    Contact: Brooke Bertrand
    Phone: 705-472-6515 ext 260
    Email: bbertrand@cccnip.com
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    Sponsored by Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing and The AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area
    Supported by Recovery Day North Bay Committee and North Bay and Area Drug Strategy Committee
    Community Gathering to Remember and to Act and End Overdose

    Nalaxone Training
    2:30pm Balloon Release
    Poetry reading, share your stories
    Swag, snacks and prize drawings
    Information on Recovery Day Event in September

    Calgary, Alberta

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31, 2017 11:30am-1pm
    Location: Calgary City Hall
    800 Macleod Trail SE
    Calgary, AB
    Contact: Jessica Holtsbaum
    Email: info.afcfa@gmail.com
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    AWWEAR, Changing the Face of Addiction, and the Grateful or Dead will be carrying out awareness raising events throughout the day. Look for our volunteers in the downtown area handing out IOAD pins and information on how to get involved.

    We will gather at City Hall a little before noon to listen and learn about the solutions from professionals in the field and those with lived experience.

    We will honour those who have lost their lives to overdose with a Candlelight Walk at sunset along 17th Avenue.

    Flags of Hope created for those we have lost will be displayed throughout the day.

    Chatham, ON

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day: A Time To Remember, A Time To Act.
    Date: August 31, 2017 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Blythe Park – Mud Creek Recreational Trail
    370 Tweedsmuir Ave W, Chatham, ON N7M 6H4
    Parking available at park & street parking is available nearby.
    Contact: Steve Pratt
    Phone: (519) 784-2500
    Email: stevep80@gmail.com
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    A Time To Remember:

    This is a memorial event that intends to reinforce that no one needs to feel shame or disgrace of someone who passes away from a drug-related overdose.

    7:00 p.m. – Welcome
    7:10 p.m. – First Nations Sunset Drummers
    7:30 p.m. – Laurie Hicks speaks about her son, Ryan
    7:45 p.m. – Memorial Tree Planting
    8:00 p.m. – Water Lantern Ceremony

    Light Refreshments & Fellowship to Follow

    The Lantern Ceremony is in memory of those who have lost their lives due to an overdose, in support of the countless families across the the world mourning their loss, and in solidarity and strength for those still living with and fighting an addiction.

    Participants will have an opportunity to write a message on their lantern before placing it into the water.

    RAIN DATE: Sept. 1st, 7 pm, Same Location

    A Time To Act:

    SAVE A LIFE: OVERDOSE RESPONSE TRAINING
    AIDS Support Chatham-Kent, 67 Adelaide St. S., Chatham, ON N7M 4R1

    FREE Walk-In Training Sessions are offered at: 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., & 3:30 p.m.

    Permanent injury and death from an overdose is preventable. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of an overdose and how to respond. All participants will receive a FREE NARCAN KIT as part of their training. No ID, Health Card or appointment is required. Simply show up!

    KEEP CALM & CARRY NALOXONE T-SHIRT CAMPAIGN
    We are asking everyone to wear a ‘SAVE A LIFE’ t-shirt. For information on how to get a shirt, please contact Julie Raymondo at: jraymondo@bluewatermethadoneclinic.ca.

    Nanaimo, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31 2017 2 PM – 4 PM
    Location: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Maffeo Sutton Park
    100 Comox Road
    Nanaimos First
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2507551014
    Email: ladyblackrose@telus.net

    On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand beside the

    friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on their

    losses. The event intends to reinforce the idea that no-one need

    feel shame or disgrace at the death of someone from drug overdose.

    Fort Erie, Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Gathering and Vigil
    Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:30 pm
    Location: Central Fire Hall -444 Central Ave Fort Erie
    Contact: Glen Walker, Executive Director of Positive Living Niagara
    Phone: 905-984-8684 Ext. 112
    Email: gwalker@positivelivingniagara.com
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    As the opioid epidemic continues throughout the country and here in Niagara, Positive Living Niagara invites you to remember those who have passed away, reduce the stigma of drug use and drug-related deaths, and show support for your community.

    On August 31st, 2017, International Overdose Awareness Day will be commemorated with a gathering and vigil at Central Fire Hall (444 Central Ave) in Fort Erie at 6:30pm. Speakers will be able to share messages and memories of those lost, and information from various community agencies will be available. Food will be provided. Attendees will be able to register for overdose prevention and response training, which includes receiving Naloxone, a drug that will temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Event: The Commemorative Canvas: Event to honour hundreds of souls lost to the overdose crisis
    Date: August 31st 12-4pm
    Location: 58 W. Hastings Street,
    Contact: Holly Kleban
    Phone: 604-642-5809
    Email: holly.kleban@vch.ca
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    Downtown Eastside community partners Culture Saves Lives and Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS) in collaboration with Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD) will be hosting an event on August 31st, International Day for Overdose Awareness, to memorialize those lost to British Columbia’s overdose crisis.
    According to the BC Coroners Service, between January 2016 and May 2017 there have been 1607 illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. Despite the mass attention that this has attracted both from the public and the media, efforts have been unable to successfully reduce the number of overdose incidents, and people continue to die at alarming rates. In May of 2017 129 people died of suspected overdose; this equates to more than 4 people every single day.
    It’s easy to talk about these numbers and lose site of the devastating human loss, and the effects that this loss has at a community level. This event will give a voice to those that have been affected by this crisis. The day will feature a commemorative art canvas and attendees will be encouraged to add the names of those lost, as well as artistic tributes, to the canvas using paints or markers provided by the organizers. The hope is that this canvas will make its way to Parliament Hill in Ottawa where it can tell a more personalized story of the overdose crisis in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The day will also feature speakers from local organizations that support harm reduction, and will include those with lived experience and allies, as well as First Nations’ elders. Food will be provided by the organizers.
    This event is one of several coordinated events being organized by CAPUD across Canada in honour of International Day for Overdose Awareness.

    Kamloops, British Columbia

    Event: Kamloops International Overdose Awareness Day 2017
    Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2017 12 Noon till 9PM
    Location: Riverside Park, (near or on the Bandshell Lawn), 100 Lorne St, Kamloops, BC
    Contact: Sherry Robinson
    Phone:
    Email: kamloopsodawareday@gmail.com
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    To be located near the Riverside Park Bandshell in the afternoon before, during and after the Music In The Park (all ages) performance called, Big Dance Party, by Magesty on Thursday, August 31st, 2017.
    The Purpose of International Overdose Awareness Day is to focus on prevention, remembrance, as well as decrease the stigma towards people with Substance Use Addictions.
    This public event will be an inclusive family friendly awareness day that focuses on prevention and remembrance as well as social inclusion that encourages community conversations to expand understanding and compassion for people with substance use addictions as well as their families and friends.
    12pm-8pm Join our Sharing Circle Music/Conversations & Activiities
    12pm-8pm Join in creating Memorlal Flags
    12pm-8pm Browse our Information Booths
    12pm-4pm Join in creating Posters for the Demonstration March
    4pm-6pm Join our Demonstration March around downtown Kamloops
    7-8:30pm Join our Sharing Circles, Memorial Flag Craft, Browse our Information Booths while listening and participating in the ajoining Music In The Park venue, Big Dance Party by Majesty (an all ages show).
    8:30-9:30 pm Join our Candlelight Vigil (flameless candles)

    Nanaimo, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31 2017 2 PM- 4 PM
    Location: Maffeo Sutton Park
    100 Comox Road
    Nanaimo B.c.
    Contact: Tanya Hiltz
    Phone: 2507551014
    Email: ladyblackrose@telus.net

    On August 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand beside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on their losses. The event intends to reinforce the idea that no-one need feel shame or disgrace at the death of someone from drug overdose.

    Oakville, Ontario

    Event: 4th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day of Halton
    Date: Thursday August 31, 2017 6:00-7:30PM
    Location: Oakville Towne Square, 212 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
    Contact: Tracey Stark
    Phone: 5198410122
    Email: resiliency4recovery@gmail.com
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    Resiliency 4 Recovery, with funding from the Trillium Youth Opportunities Fund as well as the Oakville Community Foundation’s Graeme Moffat Memorial Fund, is holding the 4th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day of Halton. This event will focus on prevention and remembrance through guest speakers with a candlelight vigil. Through this event our community will come together in a stigma free and safe environment, bringing individuals closer together in healing. For more information please visit Resiliency 4 Recovery (R4R) on Facebook.

    St. John’s, Newfoundland

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day – St. John’s
    Date: Aug 31st, 2017 1-3pm
    Location: Bannerman Park, St. John’s
    Contact: Jen smith
    Phone:
    Email:

    A community gathering to raise awareness, educate, and to respect those who have been affected by overdose. Bringing community organizations together to create dialogue around the ongoing overdose crisis, and to set goals for change.

    Waterloo Region: Cambridge and Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Community BBQ
    Date: August 21st in Cambridge and August 27th in Kitchener Cambridge, Dickson Park from 4-6 pm and Kitchener, Victoria Park from 12-2 pm
    Location: August 21st: Cambridge, Ontario, at Dickson Park (James & Park Ave)
    4 – 6 pmAugust 27th: Kitchener, Victoria Park (David & Jubilee St)
    12 – 2 pm
    Contact: Kathy McKenna
    Phone: 519-575-4400 extension 5386
    Email: kmckenna@regionofwaterloo.ca
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    Overdose affects every single one of us. Find out how you can make a difference.

    Come out to a free community BBQ for Overdose Awareness Day. Learn about overdose prevention. Get a free Naloxone Kit. Visit Sanguen’s Community Health Van. Obtain harm reduction supplies and return used supplies. Listen to live music. Free food and refreshments.

    Powell River, BC

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: August 31st 2017 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Willingdon Beach
    Contact: Amanda Evans
    Phone:
    Email: amanda@prcrc.org

    The event will be held at Willingdon Beach and is open to all members of the community. The event will involve a memorial tree planting, story sharing and overdose prevention information.

    Edmonton, Alberta

    Event: International Overdoses Awareness Day
    Date: August 31, 2017 12:15PM to 1:00PM
    Location: Alberta Legislature
    10800 97 Ave NW Edmonton AB
    Contact: Mathew Wong
    Phone: 780-424-4106 Ext. 210/211
    Email:
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    On Thursday August 31st, 2017 at 1215 on the steps of the Alberta Legislature, Streetworks, along with the other Harm Reduction agencies will be hosting International Overdose Awareness Day.

    Since 2008, Streetworks has been hosting the event to first honor the lives of those needlessly lost to unintentional drug overdose, and secondly to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding this painful issue that affects people from all walks of life. There will be information booths, overdose prevention/naloxone training, a memorial wall and guest speakers beginning at 12:15PM

    Grande Prairie, Alberta

    Event: Peace Country Drug Awareness Coalition
    Date: August 24 5 PM
    Location: Muskoseepi Park
    10326 102 Ave
    Grande Prairie Alberta
    Contact: Tyla Savard
    Phone: 780-978-4875
    Email: tyla@synergypromotions.ca

    This event will be held at Muskoseepi park and includes a free BBQ, a commemoration wall, naloxone kit distribution, live music and tributes for those who continue to struggle. Throughout the weeks leading up to the event, there will be awareness raising campaigns with flag creation sessions, positive energy stones, and awareness bracelet distribution.
    Come out and share with those who are struggling, celebrate with those who have overcome, and support those who have lost loved ones.

    Orangeville, ON

    Event: Dufferin's 1st Annual Overdose Awareness Day
    Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:30 – 1:00
    Location: Edelbrock Centre
    30 Centre Street,
    Orangeville, ON
    L9W 2X1
    Contact: Kristy Fearon
    Phone: 519-942-4122 x226
    Email: kristy@familytransitionplace.ca
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    10:30 am – 11:30 am Walk to Remember (3 km)
    11:30 am – 12:00 pm Proclamation and Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm BBQ, Health Fair and Speeches from family members and an individual with lived experience

    Ottawa, ON

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day – Ottawa
    Date: August 31st, 2017 11:30 to 12:30pm
    Location: Human Right Monument – Elgin Street Ottawa Ontario
    Contact: Hana Dykstra
    Phone: 6133254227
    Email: hdykstra@sandyhillchc.on.ca

    National Overdose Awareness day is an event held every year to commemorate those who have passed due to problematic substance use and those who still struggle with addictive behaviours. 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.

    Winnipeg, MB

    Event: Pride and Honour
    Date: August 31, 2017 12:15pm
    Location: Manitoba Legislative Building
    450 Broadway
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    R3C 0V8
    On the steps of the legislative building
    Contact: Arlene Kolb and Christine Dobbs
    Phone: 204-474-1048
    Email: Ommm@shaw.ca
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    Type of Event: Please join us on the steps of the legislative on International Overdose Awareness Day. We will host our second gathering to honour those that have lost their battle with Addiction, a disease that has literally killed a generation of youth. We will talk for those who no longer talk for themselves, but want to be heard. share in our grief, and help stamp out the stigma, talk about compassion for those still struggling.

    Hamilton, Ontario

    Event: Overdose Awareness Day Event and Memorial
    Date: 31 August 2017 2pm-5pm
    Location: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main St West (corner of Bay and Main), Hamilton ON L8P 4Y5
    Contact: Margot Corbin
    Phone: 905-546-2424 x7475
    Email: margot.corbin@hamilton.ca
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    An event to commemorate the lives of those who have died due to overdose.

    Community agencies will have tables to inform others about their services
    There will be speakers, including those whose lives have been affected by overdose.
    A visual memorial to recognize and remember the lives that have been lost.

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Event: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil & Rally
    Date: August 31,2017 5 pm until 8 pm
    Location: North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
    Contact: Tabitha Montgomery
    Phone: 604 445 9299
    Email: tvmontgomery2014@gmail.com
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    This is a Vigil to remember those who’ve died from drug overdose deaths
    and pay respect to their surviving family,friends,partners,coworkers,etc.

    The Rally will be a peaceful presentation of tables set up with participants
    from various active addiction social / medical services.As well as a variety
    of social and support resources.Including Advocacy and Support Groups
    from around the lower mainland of Vancouver City,BC.

    Guest Speakers will be from various Addiction Health and Social Services.
    Guests Names will be announced/ added in the future upon confirmation.
    Participants will be added on the IOAD Vancouver Page and Event Invite
    as they are also confirmed.The list is sure to grow over time so please
    feel free to follow the FB Page linked with his registered IOAD Event listing.

    The goal is to share up to date resources and facts on Drug policy changes,
    Overdose Prevention information,Support and Social Services available for
    all walks of life effected by Addiction and Mental Health issues in their lives.