OVERVIEW

vandu-logo_bestThe Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) is a grassroots democratic organization of drug users with over 2,000 members. VANDU has had and continues to have considerable impact on public policy and practice related to the health of people who use illicit drugs, both in British Columbia and beyond. VANDU also engages in advocacy work in areas that affect their members, such as the availability of affordable housing.

Additionally, VANDU hosts sub-groups that are geared toward the specific needs of their members. These groups include the Eastside Illicit Drinkers Group for Education (EIDGE), the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS), and the British Columbia Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM).

MISSION STATEMENT

VANDU is a group of people who use or have used illicit substances, and who work to improve the lives of other people who use illicit substances through user-based peer support and education. VANDU is committed to increasing the capacity of people who use illicit drugs to live healthy and productive lives. VANDU is also committed to ensuring that drug users have a real voice in their community and in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve their needs by affirming and strengthening people who use illicit drugs to reduce harms both to themselves and their communities.

PARTNERS

  • BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
  • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • Carnegie Community Action Project
  • Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT VANDU?

To learn more about VANDU and its sub-groups please contact them, visit their space, or check out their website at www.vandu.org.

Phone: (604) 683–6061
Address: 380 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P4
Hours: Monday–Friday 10:00am–4:00pm

You can also contact VANDU President Laura Shaver at shaverlaura4@gmail.com.

To learn more about WAHRS, visit their website at www.wahrs.ca.
To learn more about BCAPOM, search for “BCAPOM” on Facebook.

OVERVIEW

The Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society (WAHRS) is comprised of urban Aboriginal men and women who are current or former illicit alcohol and/or illicit drug users who live, work, and play in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, Canada. WAHRS is over 300 members strong and includes people of First Nations and Indigenous descent from across Canada. The WAHRS membership meets on a weekly basis and takes part in a variety of harm reduction- and social justice-focused activities, including protests and advocacy, peer-run research and outreach, and training. WAHRS members are also part of a variety of different committees and working groups throughout the city. WAHRS is a sub-organization of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).

MISSION STATEMENT

WAHRS’ mission is to improve quality of life for Aboriginal people who use illicit drugs and/or illicit alcohol by encouraging the development of support, education, and training programs that reflect the values of Aboriginal people. WAHRS’ meetings give a voice, teach advocacy, and empower Aboriginal people to fight for themselves, and educate members in harm reduction.

PARTNERS

  • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • City of Vancouver
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • UBC Farm Tu’Wusht Project
  • Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT WAHRS?

To learn more about WAHRS please contact them, visit their space at VANDU, or check out their website at www.wahrs.ca.

Phone: (604) 683–6061
Address: 380 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P4
Hours: Monday–Friday 10:00am–4:00pm

You can also contact WAHRS President Tracey Morrison at tracy.morrison@vandu.org.

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