As we continue our series on harm reduction, we are thrilled to be joined by three guests who are leading an incredible effort in drug harm reduction with their organization, “Fire with Fire,” a response in eight First Nations communities in Treaty 1 territory in southeastern Manitoba to substance misuse causing harm and overdose.
“Fire with Fire” responds to individual needs of community members with the support of peer mentors who form quick response teams in each of the communities served.
The main purpose of the peer mentors is to educate, support and train those in community toward more helpful health outcomes in dealing with opioid and meth addiction.
Our guests are:
Allen Contois is Project Coordinator of Fire with Fire and a proud member of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Tahl East is Fire With Fire mental wellness programs manager and developer. She was born in Jerusalem and is an ally of First Nations across Turtle Island.
And Helene San Pedro is the Tribal Health Educator for Harm Reduction for the Southeast Resource Development Council and a settler to Treaty 1 territory from the Philippines.
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Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions and the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.