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Walk With Me - North Island Hospital (Comox Valley)

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North Island Hospital Comox Valley

101 Lerwick Road

Courtenay, BC V9N 0B9

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Guided audio walk and sharing circle re: the overdose crisis - beginning and ending in the hospital backyard (picnic table area).

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This community action, arts & research project seeks to uncover the human dimensions of the overdose crisis as it has unfolded in cities throughout B.C. Over the past year and a half, a group of artist-researchers, front-line workers and people with lived and living experience have banded together in a spirit of solidarity, attempting to come to terms with the impact of the crisis on individuals and communities beginning in the Comox Valley, through a practice of story sharing. The stories, conveyed through audio recordings, are made accessible through 'story-walks', in which participants are guided through various outdoor ‘reflective spaces’. Through walking, participants are encouraged to viscerally engage with the stories; to find connectedness with the people and places at the heart of this crisis. The stories and walks are now being translated into policy and systems-change initiatives, including in front-line health care contexts.

The project exists as a community engagement component of a larger participatory action research project: Cultural Mapping the Opioid Crisis, developed by researchers in Comox Valley (Comox Valley Art Gallery) and a team of researchers in Kamloops (Thompson Rivers University) – in partnership with AVI Health and Community Services and a network of community advisors. The project has received funding from Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council and Island Health.

Notes to registrants:

-Please come prepared for a 45-minute walk outdoors, followed by a 45-minute outdoor sharing circle (ie: dress for the weather, and with appropriate shoes). Alternative options are available for those unable to walk.

-A cup of vegetarian soup or chilli will be served. Please email Sharon.karsten@viu.ca if you have food allergies or aversions, and we will do our best to accommodate.

-To allow us to better-track registrations, we request that each individual register (rather than registering in groups).

-Questions? - contact Sharon Karsten: sharon.karsten@viu.ca

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North Island Hospital Comox Valley

101 Lerwick Road

Courtenay, BC V9N 0B9

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