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Compassion, Inclusion & Engagement (CIE)

CIE facilitates community based dialogues across BC that provide opportunities to build capacity and develop networks across and within health services and community agencies to foster and promote accessible, inclusive and culturally safe harm reduction services through ongoing peer engagement.

The Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement initiative (CIE) is a provincial collaboration between FNHA and BCCDC that works closely with regional Health Authorities to support innovative local improvements in harm reduction service. 

CIE facilitates community based dialogues across BC that provide opportunities to build capacity and develop networks across and within health services and community agencies to foster and promote accessible, inclusive and culturally safe harm reduction services through ongoing peer engagement.

CIE recognizes that some people experience multiple barriers when accessing services such as racism, poverty, and concurrent mental health and substance use issues and is working to address these by supporting equitable and culturally safe processes and practices. With leadership support, engaging people who use harm reduction services and their network of peers in service design, delivery and evaluation has been identified as an effective strategy to address stigma and discrimination by building respectful relationships and shared understanding. 

Through the engagement process, CIE has learned that harm reduction services built on trust, respect, understanding and acceptance provide a safe and welcoming environment where people who use drugs are accessing harm reduction supplies and services most often.