Not Just Naloxone (NJN) is a two-day virtual
or in-person train-the-trainer program aimed at teaching people how to have
safe conversations about substance use in First Nations communities. First
Nations peoples are disproportionately impacted by the toxic drug crisis as a
direct result of the ongoing effects of colonialism. First Nations peers,
community members, Matriarchs, youth, and health professionals have
co-developed this restorative and transformative approach to talking about
substance use and harm reduction. NJN aims to transform harm reduction
services, programs, and interventions so that they are culturally informed,
culturally relevant, and culturally safe.
There are core concepts in NJN (described in
more detail below) for destigmatizing people who use substances to bring about
meaningful change for community wellness. The NJN program also provides train-the-trainer
training for participants to learn how to recognize, respond to and prevent a
toxic drug poisoning. The NJN workshops and highlighted curriculum topics are
delivered collaboratively by the Four Directions Team, FNHA regional teams and
community harm reduction champions.
Visit the link here to read about the course outline.
NJN is a low-barrier program and is open to
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from diverse disciplines in health,
education, government, community services and welcomes participants who
are Elders, Knowledge Keepers and youth.
The NJN Kickstarter grant supports graduates of the
Not Just Naloxone workshops to host virtual or in-person training events about
harm reduction in First Nations communities. The grant is worth up to $2,500.
If you are a graduate and would like to learn more about the opportunity or
apply please email email@example.com.
I really enjoyed this training, I appreciate the
concept of "decolonizing substance use” and that you add that historical
perspective to current issues, making the training "more than naloxone
“I loved all of the aspects of the training and felt
that it was facilitating in a way that promoting safety, wellbeing and growth.
I appreciated how all aspects of the training supported us to have language to
support people in our communities who use substances in a good way. Thank you
for including people with lived experience as facilitators in the training -
hearing them share their knowledge and what is effective in their work was very
“I liked the
opportunity to bring community and culture into a virtual world”.
If you are interested to learn about future training
dates, have any questions, or would like to learn more about the program please