6th Annual BC Substance Use Conference

Friday, May 31, 2024 – Saturday, June 1, 2024  

The 2024 conference theme is From Idea to Implementation: Putting Evidence, Experience, and Ways of Knowing into Action.

This year’s conference will be held May 31 and June 1, 2024. To enable province-wide participation, we will be offering a blended conference with both virtual and in-person options for attendance. The in-person component will be held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel.

As we come together, we look forward to opportunities to share and learn about ways to implement research, clinical guidance, and clinical and lived experience into an accessible, flexible, inclusive, equitable, and person-centred system of substance use care. There will be opportunities for health professionals of all career stages and diverse stakeholder groups to meet, reconnect, and build relationships.

The conference programming will also include sessions across our research, clinical, and community-led streams that aim to highlight wise practices on culturally safe and humble approaches to substance use care and research that improves health and social outcomes for Indigenous people who use substances. Sessions include:

  • Keynote address: Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and both the founder and chair of the Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada

Session presentations include:

  • Indigenous engagement and research
  • Challenging Indigenous-specific racism in action
  • Indigenous harm reduction
  • Cultural-based and innovative programming in correctional settings
  • Community-led and dialogue session on providing culturally safe and humble care
  • Addressing intersecting marginalization to improve substance use outcomes

Click here to view the event agenda.

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