BC’s Toxic Drug Crisis Hits Five-Year Mark



Today – April 14, 2021 – marks five years since the toxic drug crisis was declared a public health emergency in BC. A tragic number of cherished and worthy friends, family members and loved ones have lost their lives to toxic drugs. Today is a day to remember that love and connection are healing; that culture is healing. ​So, today we share a prayer from Elder Wendy Ritchie of Skowkale First Nation in Fraser Salish region.


Play some music, sit or lie down, and feel the pure clean air.

Take a deep breath, exhale, close your eyes and give thanks for another day.

Know that you are a beautiful person, feel the kindness.

Know you are safe, feel the security.

Know you are important, feel the love.

Know you are a survivor, accept the challenge.

If we follow our ancestors, we will survive.



Wendy Ritchie

Skowkale First Nation


Learn more about harm reduction at www.fnha.ca/harmreduction. Learn more about the toxic drug crisis h​ere.​

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