Nelson Fentanyl Task Force (NFTF) and ANKORS present: VIKKI REYNOLDS PHD RCC
NFTF CONVERSATIONS #2 virtual series event. March 10th, 2021, 1pm to 2pm
We will speak to Vikki about her role in supporting healthcare workers and peer workers on the frontlines of the overdose crisis in BC. Vikki is a therapist and trainer in Vancouver. The topic for the conversation is:
Solidarity, Collective Community, and Shouldering Each Other Up
We will explore with Vikki the ways that we can practice social work, emergency work, healthcare, mental health care, and peer support as we respond to the overdose crisis. Vikki encourages us to, “shoulder each other up, connect in the heart of the work, and keep the people we want to be useful to at the centre”.
Vikki Reynolds (PhD RCC) is an activist/ therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work and therapy. Vikki is a white settler on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations. Vikki’s people are Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and she is a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers and other workers responding to the opioid catastrophe, refugees and survivors of torture – including Indigenous people who have survived residential schools and other state violence, sexualized violence counsellors, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally. Articles & speaks free at: www.vikkireynolds.ca
Funded by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, Community Action Initiative, and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre.
Please register below. This is a zoom event. Capacity limited.
PWLLE (people with lived and living experience of substance use) can reach out to REDUN for more support to attend this virtual event. Please email REDUN BC: firstname.lastname@example.org
The money supports an outreach worker who helps people access pharmaceutical opioids and stimulants.
The Nelson Fentanyl Task Force (NFTF) has directed $15,000 in funding to help improve access to new provincial pandemic prescribing options for people who use substances, also referred to as safe supply. The NFTF is a collaborative group formed in 2016 in response to the overdose crisis, and is comprised of healthcare workers, emergency responders, and many other stakeholders across the community.
The funds will go towards supporting an outreach worker on a team in Nelson. The team supports people to access pharmaceutical opioids and stimulants to mitigate the deadly effects of the overdose crisis. The ANKORS outreach worker, funded by NFTF and ANKORS, works with outreach staff from several other local organizations, including Nelson CARES, Interior Health and Nelson Community Services.
The BC Coroner’s report shows that more people are dying due to overdose in British Columbia than ever before. In the first eight months of 2020, 1,068 people have died due to overdose in B.C., which is more than in all of 2019. Overdose prevention sites, wider use of naloxone, opioid agonist therapy (OAT), and drug checking responses in B.C. were contributing to reduced death rates prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.Continue reading “Nelson Fentanyl Task Force funds $15k toward providing new prescription options”