Harm Reduction Project
“Helping each other, harm reduction, is the traditional Native way. We wouldn’t banish someone if they had a disease like cancer; addiction is also a disease…”
- Aurora conley - Co-Coordinator of
Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River harm reduction
Our Harm Reduction Project will initially focus on partnering with organizations such as Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Harm Reduction. This project is based firmly in our Anishinaabe culture, teachings, and being truly inclusive when it comes to addiction, recovery, wellbriety, generational trauma, and current traumas such as ongoing colonization or dealing with racism in the workplace. Harm reduction is simply a public health philosophy aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies. At the Native Justice Coalition we look at the ways ongoing colonization has impacted our people and our goal with this project is to reduce stigma while emphasizing individual strengths.
As a new project we will be offering talking circles and art workshops that are geared towards providing a truly safe and supportive space for Anishinaabe and Native people on their recovery journey. We make it priority with those who we work with to be seen, heard, valued, respected, and honored. What is different than the majority culture approach is that we will have cultural supports available at our events. Our approach is grassroots, community based, and has a strong Anishinaabe cultural foundation.