Not Just Naloxone Program


Overview of the program and objectives

​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.

Who is this program for? 

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.

Kickstarter Grant 

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

Participant Reflections 

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 training.”


“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 helpful.” 

“I liked the opportunity to bring community and culture into a virtual world”.

Contact Us 

If you are interested to learn about future training dates, have any questions, or would like to learn more about the program please email