Indigenous Harm Reduction Team

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The Indigenous Harm Reduction Team (IHRT), or I-Heart, is a group of Indigenous (Native / Aboriginal) folks who do harm reduction by and for Indigenous people. We are individuals who come from many nations (including nations on the island), who hold many different skills and identities, and who practice harm reduction in many ways including front-line work. We all currently live on Lkwungen, Esquimalt, and WSANEC territories. We work to identify and name colonial harms and Indigenous resistance in our work. We operate from a harm reduction lens that includes abstinence, instead of abstinence as the only solution to keeping people safer.

Harm reduction and more

We can help you learn about many different kinds of harm reduction including consent and safer sex. We can also help you learn about different kinds of drugs and their effects, safer substance use, colonization and substances, and overdose response.

By, with, and for, Indigenous communities

We got together to do this work because we recognize the gap in conversations by, with, and for, Indigenous communities and community members. At this point we do not have a set fee for any of our work and are working on a sliding scale because the conversation and the wellness of our people is the most important thing to us.

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