The Indigenous Recovery Program is dedicated to proactively addressing the opioid crisis by implementing a comprehensive and collaborative approach rooted in cultural sensitivity, compassion, and harm reduction. Our mission is to reduce opioid-related deaths, raise awareness about opioid misuse, enhance access to culturally relevant, compassionate, and non-judgmental services, and forge a holistic path forward for First Nations living in urban areas.

Goals are to: Foster open dialogue on opioid-related issues to reduce stigma and encourage early intervention. Expand and enhance culturally sensitive treatment and support services for individuals struggling with opioid addiction. Educate healthcare professionals and service providers in culturally competent care to ensure a supportive and understanding environment. Facilitate collaborative efforts involving community leaders, elders, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to address the opioid crisis comprehensively. Develop a holistic framework that integrates traditional healing practices, mental health support, and addiction treatment services.

Speaker: Jacen Aubrey, Director, Urban Indigenous Recovery Coach Program

With over 38 years of experience in the health care, first responder, and firefighter profession, Jacen has dedicated his career to emergency services. He has actively collaborated with Indigenous communities, demonstrating a genuine passion for assisting those in vulnerable situations. He played a crucial role in significant events, including the Slave Lake Fire in 2011, the Southern Alberta Wildland Fires in 2011 and 2012, the Southern Alberta Floods in 2013, the Fort McMurray fire in 2016, and most recently, the Kenow “Waterton” Fire. He has been recognized with both provincial and federal accolades, including the 12-22-32 year provincial service medal and the 20-30 year Federal Exemplary Service Medal for Fire. He has been honored with the Queen Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medal for his outstanding service to others. Beyond his contributions to emergency services, Jacen has a wealth of experience in municipal, provincial, and federal government. Currently serving in his third term as a town councilor in Coaldale, he continues to dedicate himself to public service. Jacen upholds the values of honesty, transparency, and integrity in all aspects of his life, embodying these principles as he serves and supports others. His insights and experiences have been shared in the documentary “Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy,” showcasing his commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

Date/time: Thursday January 4, 2024. Presentation begins at 12 & concludes at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free, but donations are gratefully accepted

Location: Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) Dining Room, 500-11 Street S, Lethbridge, AB

Lunch & Refreshments: The Atrium Dining Room will be available by 11:15 am. Please arrive early before the start of the Presentation to patronize the LSCO cafeteria and enjoy their excellent variety of good value food options.

Session Video

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