What’s Caught our Attention – April 2020

COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources

With two converging crises in Canada (COVID-19 and drug poisoning), the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition has compiled resources and guidance for people who use drugs and frontline workers. This site aims to provide insight and guidance on best practices for people who use drugs and harm reduction healthcare providers.

Click here to access the site.

PlaceSpeak – Citizen Engagement and Resources

PHABC has Launched an Online COVID-19 citizen engagement and resource website. PlaceSpeak provides a secure digital community platform where citizens of BC can share issues and questions related to COVID-19 and connect with helpful resources in their communities while practicing social distancing and self-isolation. This all-encompassing website will include polls, surveys, discussion questions, information about online events, the latest news, and evidence-based resources on the pandemic. This site will gather local, provincial, national and international information designed to support BC citizens and communities as they grapple with COVID -19.

You can access PlaceSpeak here.

Five Ways to Take Anti Racist Action During COVID-19

The Tyee has published an article articulating the ways in which COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of colour, and what white allies can do in response. Written from a Canadian perspective, the article explores Canada’s response and how aspects of this response has magnified systemic racism across the country, and provides advice and insight about how to be an effective anti-racist ally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From remote Indigenous communities under boil water advisories to the disproportionate number of Indigenous, Black, and people of colour incarcerated in prisons, systemic racism plays a role in determining which communities are most vulnerable to COVID-19, and likely who will be the last to receive adequate assistance.

You can read the article here.