Reducing Substance Use Stigma in the Canadian Health System (Infographic)

Stigma begins with the negative stereotyping of people, creating a separation between “us” and “them”. Those who are stigmatized can be devalued and subjected to discrimination, which is unfair treatment due to one’s identity. This can lead to disadvantage and inequitable social and health outcomes.

Published By: Public Health Agency of Canada

Publication Date: January 2020

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Feb
29
Sat
Leap-a-Palooza Trivia Night @ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrating the LEAP year in support of Pelham Cares Youth Programs. Their 2nd annual Trivia Night; 8 rounds of trivia, Hors D’oeuvres & sweets, Prizes, Games & 50/50. $30 per person or $220 table of 8, in advance only. Contact 905-892-5300 or info@pelhamcares.org for tickets. Doors open at 6:15, Trivia at 7:00.

This event is hosted by Pelham Cares.

Mar
2
Mon
Mark Making Schemas @ ECCDC
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

In the first half of the 20th century, Jean Piaget recognized organized patterns of behaviour in children’s play and developed his schema theory around how children learn and acquire knowledge through physical and mental actions. In the 1980’s Chris Athey furthered Piaget’s work by identifying clusters of play patterns and developed the concept of schematic play or schema play.

If you would like to find out more about schema play and how to support schema play in your early learning and child care setting then join the ECCDC’s Early Learning Trainer, Ginette Wilson, for this engaging, interactive and fun workshop. There will be opportunities to engage in thought-provoking conversations with fellow Educators and explore a variety of materials and experiences that support schema play.

Session Two: Mark Making Schemas

This second schematic play session will look at schema play through a lens of early Mark Making, a prerequisite for the development of literacy skills, and explore how educators can introduce schema play materials and experiences to their environment to support mark making.

This session is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.

Community Sustainability Science Cafe: Learn About the Niagara River Ramsar Designation @ Welland Public Library
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm

The Niagara community is invited by the Brock UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global, to the second Community Sustainability Science Café of this winter to learn about the exciting Ramsar designation for the Niagara River.

The Ramsar Convention is a voluntary global agreement signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The spirit of the Convention is to promote the conservation of water-based ecosystems, including wetlands, lakes, and rivers through the designation of qualifying sites as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. The Ramsar Convention includes 171 member nations designating 2,386 Ramsar sites globally, forming the largest network of designated areas world-wide. Canada currently has 37 Ramsar sites.

A group of Niagara River ecosystem experts are pursuing a Ramsar designation for the Niagara River. The group formed a binational Steering Committee in 2013 and has successfully designated the U.S. portion of the Niagara River as a Ramsar Site of International Importance on October 3rd, 2019. We now turn our attention to the Canadian portion of the river, with the eventual goal of achieving the first transboundary Ramsar site in the Americas.

This upcoming UNESCO Science Café is a great opportunity to learn about where we are in the Ramsar designation process for the Canadian portion of the Niagara River, and how to become involved. Explore the Ramsar designation benefits, and the ecological and cultural heritage significance of the river.

This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided. Come and enjoy a coffee and a cookie while listening to the interactive presentations, and taking part in the informative discussions.

This event is hosted by the Brock University UNESCO Chair.

Mar
3
Tue
Period Promise Campaign Kick-Off
Mar 3 all-day

Period products are a basic necessity. If you are living in poverty or are vulnerable in other ways, access to tampons, pads or cups can be challenging. The Period Promise initiative by United Way mobilizes citizens to be a part of the solution. During a three week campaign running from March 3 to 21, 2020, United Way will organize a community wide product drive. All donations will be given to local agencies and service providers across the region. The initiative aims to reduce vulnerability and isolation caused by period poverty.

Period Promise is more than a product drive. United Way is advocating for those affected by period poverty by asking business and facility owners to sign the Period Promise Policy and commit to providing free period products to anyone accessing their facilities.

Click here for more information about the Period Promise and how you can get involved.

Tech Mashup @ Niagara Artists Centre
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for the first Tech Mashup of 2020 at Niagara Artists Centre for your chance to meet tech entrepreneurs, students and researchers in Niagara.

Mar
4
Wed
Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region has launched a new program for care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to age 65). This will be a facilitated group intended to connect people who are caring for a person living with Young Onset Dementia.

Call 905-687-3914 to register or register online: https://alzheimer.ca/en/niagara/We-can-help/Programs/Support-groups

This session is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Mar
5
Thu
E-Mental Health Conference: Caring in a Digital World @ Beanfield Centre
Mar 5 – Mar 6 all-day

9th Annual E-Mental Health Conference – Caring in a Digital World: Introducing Disruptive Change to Mental Health Care

This event is in collaboration with the the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University Health Network (UHN), and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

Registration includes 2 workshops and breakfast and lunch both days.

Keynote speakers:

  • John Torous (Boston) The future of virtual mental health care – The North American Experience
  • Ian Hickie (Sydney) The future of virtual mental health care – The Australian Experience

Workshop and session topics:

  • Engaging Youth As Active Agents of Change For Mental Health Care
  • Building Capacity for E-Mental Health: An Introduction Implementation Workshop
  • If You Build It, Will They Change? Implementing Mobile Apps To Achieve Clinical Results
  • Will My E-Mental Health Interventions Be Effective? A Practical Guide to Evaluation, Rapid
  • Assessment and Awesome Analytics
  • Is Change Coming?
  • Evolving Learning and Practice for E-Mental Health
  • Changing the System One Disruptive Technology at a Time
  • Addressing the Need for Disruptive Change for Better Care
  • Panel: Who is Going to Change the World?

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