I was really happy to be invited by the Government of the Northwest Territories to kick off their Cannabis and Health webinar series. Below is a link to the recording of one of three sessions I recorded and presented live today, this one targeted to high school students. This was my first trip up north and it was great. The people I met were really receptive to the need for a public health approach to legalization and generally positive about the need for youth education approaches that do not only focus on harms.
This was also my first time in front of a teen audience in a long time and I have to admit I found it a bit challenging (and fairly nerve-wracking!), given how much I talk about what we should not be doing in youth drug education. Overall my main intent was to be clear and honest with young people about “what we know for sure,” where the science is still uncertain, and also the concrete steps people can take to reduce harms and to use more safely if they make the choice to use cannabis. A big thanks to Dr. Corriveau and team for hosting me – I will definitely be back when I have more time to explore. Also, a special shout-out to Shelley Wiart, who wrote a nice profile in advance of my visit that was published in the Yellowknifer. Shelley is from Yellowknife and a fierce advocate for Indigenous women’s health – truly an honour to know her and to be included under the banner of Women Warriors.
Women Warriors Newsletter: Dr. @RebeccaSaah assistant professor in the Department of Community Health @UCalgary on cannabis legalization. My thoughts on improving #Indigenous women's health outcomes thru #cannabis. #CannabisCommunity #HarmReduction #AB #SK https://t.co/PWFaxLcmS5 pic.twitter.com/OdHrisomfi
— Shelley Wiart (@womenwarriorsAB) May 21, 2018
I framed this talk around the “Top Ten Myths and Facts about Cannabis” that I think are important to share. In addition to what I know from the literature and from doing research with youth, I drew heavily from our CYCLES manual, the Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, the Health Canada “Your Cannabis Questions” website, and the excellent resource from the CSSDP, the Sensible Cannabis Education Toolkit. The webinar is available on YouTube.
— Andre Corriveau (@NWT_CPHO) June 19, 2018