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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province has announced that communities and organizations in the Northern Health region will have extra support to expand efforts in overdose response and awareness.

Fort Nelson First Nation and the Society for Narcotic Opioid Wellness (SNOW) have been awarded grants in the Peace region.

“People living in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities are best equipped to address the overdose crisis on the ground in their communities,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “I’m grateful for the wisdom and expertise of community leaders whose innovative projects are making a difference during two public health emergencies.”

Those in rural and remote areas often face various obstacles when it comes to accessing any substance-use services. Due to geographic remoteness, it sometimes means travelling long distances to access health care and treatment. This also means access to Naloxone and harm reduction services can be limited.

With help from grants, access to these life-saving supports can be funded and work to reduce the stigma, develop harm reduction policies, build relationships, and gain knowledge.

Roberta Dendys, Health Director for the Fort Nelson First Nation, says the community has lost too many loved ones to overdoses in the last year.

“ The grant will significantly impact our journey to healing as a community with the ability to provide extra supports; we will be empowering a Fort Nelson First Nation community member to provide outreach services. We are grateful for the opportunity and hopeful of what may come.”

These funds are administered by the Community Action Initiative and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.

More information can be found on the province’s website.


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