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Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt: Recorded December 2023

The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt is more than just a collection of fabric and stitches. It is a living memory of the almost 25,000 Canadians who have died of AIDS-related causes, and a powerful symbol of the history, impact, and challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Canada and the world. It is also a source of inspiration and action for HIV prevention and treatment, and a tribute to the lives and stories of the people commemorated on the quilt. This Knowledge Thirsty Thursday shares information about the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt and its sections.




Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt


The Power of Harm Reduction in Addiction Recovery: Recorded May, 2023

Join us for an eye-opening exploration of the relationship between recovery and harm reduction. Contrary to popular belief, these two concepts aren't necessarily at odds with each other. In fact, harm reduction acknowledges that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery and that people require support that meets them where they are. In this week's Knowledge Thirsty Thursday, we'll delve into various recovery paths, including abstinence-based models and medication-assisted treatments, and how harm reduction can foster an encouraging environment for individuals in recovery, irrespective of their chosen path. We'll also examine how harm reduction techniques can enhance recovery, improve health outcomes, and minimize harm. Don't miss out on this conversation as we explore the intersection of harm reduction and diverse recovery approaches. Prepare to broaden your horizons and accompany us on an exhilarating journey through the realm of harm reduction and recovery!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Larson, known around town as Dr. Bonnie, is an inner-city family doctor who is happiest accompanying patients at highest risk of poor health outcomes. She currently practices with the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic. Tuesdays you will find her at AAWEAR’s Reconnect program alongside community paramedics, for a foot- and wound-focused primary care clinic.  As faculty lead for the Street CCRED Collaborative at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Dr. Bonnie works to catalyze community-driven health equity initiatives and associated research. She works closely with people with lived experience of income and housing insecurity as well as people who use drugs, and serves on the Board of Directors for AAWEAR. As an advocate, Dr. Bonnie strives to educate, raise awareness, and promote social change.  She can be found on Twitter @BonnieraeLarson.



The Power of Harm Reduction in Addiction Recovery


The Case for Decriminalization: Recorded May 4, 2023

Are you ready to dive into one of Canada’s most highly debated topics? Drug decriminalization is shaking up the traditional stance on drug regulation, and the evidence is mounting that the current approach is doing more harm than good. Join us on an exciting journey as we explore Canada’s history of drug prohibition, uncover different models implemented locally and internationally, and discuss what advocates are fighting for in Canada.

This Knowledge Thirsty Thursday will contextualize what decriminalization means and how it could not only improve public health outcomes, but also save lives This is a conversation you won’t want to miss – grab a seat and get ready to challenge your assumptions about drug policy!



The Case for Decriminalization


HIV Non-Disclosure: Recorded April 20, 2023

Don't miss out on this crucial conversation with the Canadian Legal AIDS Network on Thursday, April 20th for SafeLink Alberta’s Knowledge Thirsty Thursdays!

Together, we'll explore the pressing issue of HIV and non-disclosure law, including the criminalization of PWLHA, upcoming legal changes, and most importantly, how YOU can join the fight for justice.

With so much at stake, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Host: Chris McBain, Education Coordinator

Guest: André Capretti

André is a dynamic human rights lawyer with a passion for advocating for the rights of marginalized communities affected by HIV. With a diverse background in litigation, public interest work, and international human rights, André brings a wealth of experience to his role at the HIV Legal Network. His impressive credentials include a joint law degree (civil, common, and human rights law) and a master’s degree in human rights and democratization; his expertise spans strategic litigation, Indigenous rights, harm reduction in prisons, and more, making him a formidable force in the fight for HIV-related human rights.


HIV Non-Disclosure


Safer Barebacking: Recorded March 9, 2023

Despite decades of condom campaigns targeted toward the Queer Community, the numbers still show that more than half of people opt out of using them. And with new prevention methods like PreP on the rise, condom use is declining even further. That's why this Knowledge Thirsty Thursday is all about exploring the raw facts around the trend of barebacking (aka condomless sex) looking at the politics of pleasure and learning essential harm-reduction techniques to keep people safe. Don't miss out on this eye-opening session!

Host: Christopher McBain, Education Coordinator



Safer Barebacking