“Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction” is an extremely popular free 2 day workshop that has been designed and lead by community partners, with the support of Toronto Public Health.


Experienced speakers address a variety of topics related to women’s needs in harm reduction.

Topics may include:

  • how women’s substance use patterns are unique;
  • understanding the history of colonialism as a first step in connecting with First Nation women;
  • bringing harm reduction to imprisoned women;
  • understanding women, trauma and substance use;
  • advocating for women who use substances that are struggling with child apprehension services;
  • harm reduction practice that is relevant within violence against women shelters;
  • what harm reduction means for sex workers;
  • ensuring the voice of lived experience has power in your agency.


What participants will take away from the workshop:

  • An overview of the key issues affect women who use substances and ways to deliver services that meet their needs.
  • Practical tips, tools and strategies for working with women from a harm reduction perspective.
  • An opportunity to reflect on your practice and to connect to service providers across sectors.



  • There is no lunch served, but there is a cafe on the main floor of the building.
  • In respect to those who have allergies, please do not wear scented gels, sprays, or lotions.
  • We are honoured to open each session at 9:30 am with a traditional Anishnawbe First Nation smudge lead by an Elder: cedar or sage may be burned.  It is optional to attend this part of the workshop.
  • Please bring a USB Key if you would like copies of the power points from the presentations.
  • Please let us know at registration if you require accommodation.


When: December 7 & 8, from 9:30 – 4:30 pm

Where:  519 Community Centre 519 Church Street in the Ballroom

For info call: Toronto Health Connection @ 416-338-7600

To register email: publichealth@toronto.ca



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