This year for International Women’s Day we want to celebrate the achievements of women and those who have broken down gender barriers for women in harm reduction. We will be spotlighting those who have been working in harm reduction and celebrating their successes and achievements. As part of this year’s #BreakTheBias campaign we invite you to learn more about these wonderful achievements and reach out to those you may want to work with!
Meet Denise Baldwin! She would love for you to connect at https://www.facebook.com/IHRN2020/
Denise Baldwin is a Black-Anishinaabe citizen of the Chippewa’s of Nawash Unceded First Nation and 5th Generation Black “Canadian”. She is of the Turtle Clan. Denise has over twenty years of experience working on the front lines in prevention, mentorship, and community service for vulnerable populations specifically Indigenous people affected by the war on drugs. Denise is dedicated to community building and providing services to diverse communities, both socioeconomically and culturally. Denise is currently the Toronto Branch Manager for the Ontario Native Women’s Association and the lead administrator and co-founder of the Indigenous Harm Reduction Network. The Indigenous Harm Reduction Network (IHRN) creates safer cultural spaces for Indigenous people who use drugs and substances. They support and nurture the development of essential cultural knowledge and health services to their community members, locally, provincially, and nationally. On the horizon for Denise is launching Wewena Harm Reduction Training and Consulting in 2022. Wewena pronounced (Weh weh nah) will fuel outreach initiatives in the Simcoe and Muskoka area.
For more awesome profiles of Women in Harm Reduction, visit www.aidsnetwork.ca/iwd