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    FreeCross-Cultural Series #1: Values, Stigma, Discrimination, and the Impact of Policies on BIPOC Communities

    To take this course, we strongly recommend you take Part 1 in the Cross Cultural Harm Reduction Training Series, or have relevant experience.
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The Cross-Cultural Harm Reduction Training Series was designed as a series of 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 second session.

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

Key Themes

  • Drug/Substance Use 101
  • Harm Reduction 101
  • Working with People Who Use Drugs

What you will learn

  • Think about reasons people may or may not use substances
  • Look at the spectrum of use and consider the stages of change
  • Learn about the different methods of taking substances and associated benefits and risks
  • Examine the philosophy and practice of harm reduction
  • Talk briefly about overdose prevention
  • Learn about ways to meaningfully include People Who Use Drugs in policy development, program design and service delivery


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

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Sources, Resources, and Downloads

    • Watch Webinar

    • Feedback Survey - Cross Cultural Series #2


  • Ashley Smoke

    Drug Culture Consultant, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

  • Colin Johnston

    Drug Culture Consultant, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

  • Sam Lopez

    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.