9th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Thank you to everyone who participated in the HIV Legal Network’s Symposium on HIV, Law, and Human Rights! 

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, June 17, for Hitting the Mark: Ending the HIV pandemic by realizing rights for people who use drugs — a free, virtual event that examined Canada’s current reality and what needs to be done to achieve global targets and eventually overcome this decades-long public health challenge.

You can now read the report here or watch the recordings here!

12:30 – 12:40    Welcome (Richard Elliott, Executive Director, HIV Legal Network)

Opening (Elder Valerie Nicholson)

12:40 – 12:45    Setting the scene: Global HIV targets and strategy, gaps and barriers in Canada (Symposium overview)   Richard Elliott, HIV Legal Network

12:45 – 2:15       Decriminalization

Moderator: Richard Elliott, HIV Legal Network


  • Federal developments: Roundtable with lawmakers
    • The Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health (video address)
    • Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
    • Member of Parliament Don Davies
    • El Jones, educator/journalist/activist, member of the Health Canada Expert Task Force on Substance Use
  • Municipal and provincial developments
    • Vancouver and British Columbia – Caitlin Shane, Pivot Legal Society
    • Toronto – Councillor Joe Cressy, City of Toronto
    • Montreal – Sandhia Vadlamudy, Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ)
  • Civil society: Common platform — A Decriminalization agenda for Canada
    • Sandra Ka Hon Chu, HIV Legal Network
    • Garth Mullins, Crackdown podcast
  • Q&A/Discussion

2:15 – 2:20         Break

2:20 – 2:25         Premiere of “Decriminalization Now: Akia’s Story”

2:25 – 3:10         Supervised consumption services: Reducing barriers to access

Moderator: Sandra Ka Hon Chu, HIV Legal Network


  • Streamlining the rules for supervised consumption services
    • Elaine Hyshka, University of Alberta
  • Splitting and sharing
    • Corey Ranger, AVI Health and Community Services
  • Assisted injection
    • Kim Brière-Charest, L’Anonyme
  • Q&A/Discussion

3:10 – 3:55         Safe supply: Expanding models of delivery

Moderator: Corey Ranger, AVI Health and Community Services, HIV Legal Network Board of Directors


  • Defending access:
    • iOAT in Alberta – Avnish Nanda, Nanda & Company
  • Expanding access:
    • Consumer perspective – Shanell Twan, Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR), Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD)
    • Prescriber perspective – Andrea Sereda, London InterCommunity Health Centre
    • Innovative delivery – MySafe Project video and remarks from Mark Tyndall
  • Q&A/Discussion

3:55 – 4:00         Thank you and wrap up (Richard Elliott, HIV Legal Network)

Closing (Elder Valerie Nicholson)



This entry was posted in English, Events, French, Home Feature and tagged , . Publication Topics: , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.