This month the BC Centre on Substance Use will hold the first in its new public lecture series.
These lectures will be a platform for important, expert voices in substance use practice and policy: those with lived experience alongside those with research and clinical expertise.
We’re calling it the “Tracey Morrison Public Lecture: Speakers of Substance.”
Last July we lost Tracey – a fierce, courageous, and tireless advocate for her community. There were few places she didn’t share her time and wisdom or display her leadership. She was president of Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS) and an active member of both the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV). She was a published scholar and affectionately known by many as the Bannock Lady.
Through her activism and engagement, she pushed for change in housing, health, and drug policy. She made sure Indigenous voices, marginalized voices, and the voices of people who use drugs were always heard by those who make policy. She helped ensure a place at the table for the people who are directly affected by those decisions.
She also informed and influenced much of the work we do at the BCCSU. We spoke with her family, colleagues, and friends about an appropriate way to honour her legacy and came upon this idea. Our hope is this lecture series – which will be free and open to the public, and streamed for those who can’t attend in person – will reflect her influence and her commitment to making all voices heard.
Our first guest lecturer is Dr. Mark Greenwald from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, with an introduction from Shelda Kastor of WAHRS. Details and RSVP here: bit.ly/TMPL1.