Indigenous Programming

Grande Prairie Friendship Center | Opioid Response Program

The Opioid Response Program’s purpose is to form a culturally appropriate channel to identify, inform, support and when possible, mitigate rates of incidence of negative opioid interactions in the urban Indigenous community of Grande Prairie.

Our approach is based on medicine wheel teachings with a focus to: engaging elders, knowledge keepers, and people with lived experience to explore traditional approaches that support healthy lifestyle choices and those on a healing journey.

We provide naloxone training and distribute kits, access to culturally safe spaces, traditional sharing circles and community awareness as well as referrals to harm reduction services and treatment services providers.

Visit Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA) for a great video on indigenous opioid awareness. 

HIV North Society | Indigenous Opioid Response Program

HIV North’s Indigenous Opioid Response Program was created to respond to the high rates of opioid toxicity related deaths in Grande Prairie. It seeks to respond specifically to the unique needs of Indigenous people using a holistic, community centered, harm reduction approach. Our aim is to increase culturally safe spaces and supports for individuals using substances, increasing health and well-being. Additionally, creating opportunities for individuals to have increased access to cultural activities, increasing connection to community and culture as an alternate means to substance use.

Training is available to provide culturally supportive overdose prevention programming for service providers and healthcare professionals, through increasing awareness of stigma and discrimination, using a trauma-informed approach. Contact our office to set up training.

Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Delivers services primarily to aboriginal individuals, families and youth who require assistance in court.