Discussion on safer spaces in the context of usage of psychoactive products

Saturday February 25th, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French presentation, French/English questions)

By Mx: front-line counselor in drug use. And Valérie Simon.

This workshop’s goal is to exchange on what are the different meanings associated to what exactly is a safer space as well as to try to understand how the usage of psychoactive products can interfere or even threaten the different safer space strategies put in place in different events of a community. By having a better understanding of the effects of drugs on individuals, the people around them and on the people at that given place and time, the idea will be to try to find strategies to preserve the safer space and the safety of people present in a space without having as a goal, abstinence.

This workshop aims to be a space of pragmatic exchange, the goal being to try to find concrete strategies to experiment in future queer events, in hopes that these new strategies will be efficient. The approach use in this workshop is one of risk management and harm reduction in a spirit of collaboration and of knowledge exchange between peers.