Time: 11:00 am
Location: 11am – Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto – FLAG RAISING8PM – Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto (at the south side of the CN Tower) – CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Name of Organisation: Moms Stop The Harm, SISTERING & Families for Addiction Recovery
Contact: Irene Paterson
Mayor John Tory has proclaimed August 31st Overdose Awareness Day in Toronto, ON, CANADA
• 11:00am, AUGUST 31ST – Mayor John Tory will raise the IOAD FLAG at TORONTO CITY HALL, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto.
View the flag rising from Nathan Phillips Square. Bring a photo of your loved one as we remember them. (Arrive 10:45am)
• 8pm, AUGUST 31st – The CN TOWER will illuminate PURPLE in recognition of INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY.
Join us at Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd for a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL as we remember our loved ones and give strength to those struggling today.
This year Flags of Hope has collaborated with SISTERING and the YORK HERITAGE QUILTERS GUILD to craft quilts of remembrance from our Flags of Hope. These works of art will be on display at Nathan Phillips Square for the morning Flag Raising ceremony and at the base of CN Tower (Roundhouse Park) for the evening illumination and candlelight ceremony.
By holding these events, we are joining a global movement for Understanding, Compassion, Awareness and Change.
Flags of Hope, Change the Face of Addiction: By creating Flags of Hope, we are sending love and light to those who have passed due to drug related harms, and to those currently struggling. They also help raise awareness and strengthen the hope that there will be an end to the current crisis.
Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH) is a network of Canadian families whose loved ones died from drug related harms or who have struggled with substance use. We call for an end to the failed war on drugs and embrace an approach that reduces harm and respects human rights. People who use drugs should not be criminalized and must be treated with compassion and respect.
SISTERING is a low-barrier multi-service agency that offers practical and emotional support to marginalized women and diverse trans people through programs, which enable them to take greater control over their lives, including a harm reduction.
Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) is a national charity founded by parents of children who have struggled with addiction from their teens. Our goal is long-term recovery for those with addiction and their families. FAR’s mission is to support families affected by substance use disorder and protect persons struggling with SUD, particularly youth, by promoting publicly-funded, timely, compassionate, evidence-based treatment; supporting research; and working to end stigma.
York Heritage Quilters Guild York strives to preserve the heritage of quilt making as a craft and art form. Our members promote learning, sharing and workmanship with each other and with the community. We will display heritage quilts made by the quilter’s guild from our Flags of Hope