Indigenous Harm Reduction Team (IHRT)

The Indigenous Harm Reduction Team (IHRT), or I-Heart, is a group of Indigenous (Native / Aboriginal) folks who do harm reduction by and for Indigenous people. We are individuals who come from many nations (including nations on the island), who hold many different skills and identities, and who practice harm reduction in many ways including front-line work. We all currently live on Lkwungen, Esquimalt, and WSANEC territories. We work to identify and name colonial harms and Indigenous resistance in our work. We operate from a harm reduction lens that includes abstinence, instead of abstinence as the only solution to keeping people safer.