Megaphone routinely hosts public events to build awareness and compassion in communities confronted by the overdose epidemic.
The public events are designed to help change our understanding of the overdose crisis, including why people are dying and how individuals can help stop these deaths at the policy, community, and individual level.
These events are free to attend, thanks to the support of our partners and funders.
Why do we have stigma? Wednesday, February 6, UBC Robson Square, room C300
The Speakers Bureau team of current and former drug users will join renowned drug policy expert Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition for a conversation linking the personal with the political. Through personal stories and expert policy analysis, we'll learn origins and impacts of stigma, and with the help of a reflection team, will discuss how we can move forward together. - click here to register
Crime vs. Health Tuesday, March 12, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With leading experts including Pivot lawyer Caitlin Shane, explore the impact of criminalization and what the overdose crisis approach would be as a health crisis. - click here to register
Who is telling my story? Tuesday, April 9th, The Post at 750
With professional storytellers, explore how the narrative of drug use across different platforms impacts how we think about drugs and the people who use them. Sarah Common, founder of Hives for Humanity will discuss Community Ethics in Cultural Production- click here to register
From isolation to solidarity Tuesday, May 14th, 312 Main
Explore the significance of community during the overdose crisis and how to build a community better able to support drug users. - click here to register
Can’t make an event? Visit our growing library for samples of past events, sample speaker presentations, and other resources.
GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION
These events take place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We acknowledge the historical and ongoing colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples that make it possible for many of us to be here on this land
- Events are free and all are welcome
- Space is limited, advance registration is recommended
- Doors at 6:30 pm
- Program at 7:00 pm
- Venue information below
If you are seeking an interactive learning experience dedicated to de-stigmatization training that can be tailored to your community or organization’s particular needs or function, consider booking a workshop. Click here for more information.