COVID-19 has exacerbated the national, provincial and local overdose epidemic. We are one of many communities across the country that have been responding to the deaths of our loved ones. Community members within the City of Barrie are reversing overdoses in front of their homes, in their homes and on the streets.
We, the Indigenous Harm Reduction Network, are service providers and community members with over 40 years of Indigenous Harm Reduction knowledge and lived experience. We provide low-barrier support that is accepting of drug and substance use — care without stigma and judgement — and create safer cultural spaces for Indigenous people who use drugs. We support and nurture the development of essential cultural knowledge and health services to our community members and loved ones, and operate locally, provincially, and nationally.
The urgency has never been greater, especially in Barrie which has among the highest overdose rates in Ontario. Your financial help will increase our ability to provide life-saving care and cultural resources. Please donate what you can.
Chi Miigwech, Thank you for all of your support!
What are we fundraising for?
· resources to our community members – winter gear, masks etc
· access to medicines and cultural harm reduction resources
· Supplies and Materials for street outreach
· Harm Reduction Nursing kits
"Preliminary data shows that there were 88 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka in the first six months of 2021, which was more than 50% higher than the 57 in the first six months of 2020. This includes 23 deaths in March of 2021, the most in any month since the beginning of the opioid crisis in 2017."
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