The Cross-Cultural Harm Reduction Training Series were designed as live webinars for staff and leadership at Indigenous and ethnospecific (racialized/BIPOC) AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) in the Greater Toronto Area. Participants granted permission to share recordings with OHRN's extended network. However, discussions were not intended for the education of non-Indigenous & non-racialized learners.

There has been increasing interest from Indigenous and settler ethno-cultural HIV/AIDS organizations in learning more about the philosophy and practice of harm reduction. In August 2020, the Ontario Harm Reduction Network and Drug Culture Consultants engaged staff, peer workers, and board members at a number of ethno-cultural HIV/AIDS organizations in a three-part, interactive virtual training series. All three webinars feature people with lived experience sharing their knowledge and stories.

This is the live recordings of the first session.

The content of this webinar series and its external links were current as of August 2020.

Key Themes

  • Values and attitudes towards drug use
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Impact of drug policies on Black, Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC) communities

What you will learn

  • How we generate values and attitudes about drugs and people that use them
  • Different ways stigma is enacted and how it can affect access to and provision of services
  • How drug polices specifically intersect with BIPOC communities


What you need to know, at a glance.

  • Time Commitment

    2 hours

  • Date Created


  • Course Type

    Webinar Replay

  • Recognition

    A Certificate of Confirmation is available when you complete the course requirements.

  • Course Requirements

    Complete all lessons
    Watch the full video
    Complete the feedback survey

  • Notes

    We are working to improve the captions.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Sources, Resources, and Downloads

    • Watch the webinar

    • Feedback Survey - Cross Cultural Series #1


  • Ashley Smoke

    Drug Culture Consultant, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

  • Colin Johnson

    Drug Culture Consultant, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

  • Christian Hui

    At the time of this webinar, Christian was the Knowledge Exchange Lead at the Ontario Harm Reduction Network.