CCSA joins community leaders in Yellowknife to address substance abuse



    YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Directors of the
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), an organization working to reduce
alcohol- and drug-related harm, will spend the next three days here sharing
ideas with representatives of the addictions community in a special event
called a World Café, signing a <a href="http://www.ccsa.ca/NR/rdonlyres/EC1EFEF3-90AD-4E04-B0DA-D2A8832BC1A5/0/ccsanewrel20070622be.pdf">Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)</a> with the NWT's
Department of Health and Social Services, and participating in local cultural
events.
    Note to media: Local media are invited to attend as observers during part
of the NWT Addictions Community World Café and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
signing. Interview opportunities are available with CCSA representatives and
World Café participants. Event information can be found at the end of this
news release.
    It is widely recognized that substance abuse and addictions have a
negative impact on the social, health and economic well-being of Canadians and
particularly of people living in Canada's North. This trip signals CCSA's
growing engagement with the three Territories in the area of substance abuse
and follows a similar visit to Nunavut in June 2005. The NWT Addictions
Community World Café will bring together nearly 20 non-governmental
organizations and key NWT government departments for what has been described
by the originators of the World Café concept as a process of "awakening and
engaging collective intelligence through conversations about questions that
matter."
    "With a strong belief in shared responsibility for action, CCSA is
dedicated to bringing together diverse groups of partners and ensuring that
each one is engaged and committed to an appropriate role," said CCSA's Board
Chair, Chief Barry V. King O.O.M. "We look forward to sharing in the vast
experience and knowledge that this community has to offer and we are confident
that this exchange will help us strengthen our commitment to Canada's
Territories and broaden our understanding of the need for culturally-relevant
programs, services, research and innovation."

    CCSA has demonstrated its commitment to the North in a number of key
initiatives:

    
    - In 2005-the same year the CCSA Board visited Nunavut-the Centre
      launched an online Territorial Resource to provide access to credible
      information on the North and a virtual forum for individuals working in
      the substance abuse and addictions fields.
    - In 2006, CCSA hired a Senior Advisor on Northern Canada, Rachel Dutton-
      Gowryluk, to increase CCSA's responsiveness to the unique needs of
      Northern communities and to foster partnerships with Aboriginal
      leadership, government and industry.
    - In 2007, CCSA began work with Meeka Arnaqaq, an Elder in Pangnirtung,
      Nunavut, and the Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa to record and
      preserve the traditional teachings of Inuit society as a way of
      clarifying the link between inter-generational trauma and substance
      abuse among the Inuit.
    - CCSA is also committed to future projects in support of the North,
      including the upcoming <a href="http://www.issuesofsubstance.ca/ios/">Issues of Substance</a> conference on November
      25- 28, 2007, in Edmonton, Alberta, which includes a strong focus on
      First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
    

    Event Information for Media:

    Date and Time: June 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm. Media are invited to attend the
conclusion of the World Café and the MOA signing, and to speak with CCSA
representatives (CEO Michel Perron and Board Chair Chief Barry V. King) and
World Café participants about the event.

    Location: Tree of Peace Friendship Centre (Boardroom). 5011 51st Street,
    Yellowknife

    Local Media Contact: Enid Harrison, CCSA at 867-445-7313

    Host List for NWT Addictions Community World Café:

    - Tree of Peace Friendship Centre
    - Salvation Army
    - John Howard Society/Homelessness Coalition
    - Centre for Northern Families
    - Yellowknife Association for Community Living
    - YWCA Yellowknife
    - Youth Net NWT
    - Native Women's Association of the NWT-Victim Services
    - Dene Nation
    - Department of Health and Social Services
    - Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
    - Department of Education, Culture and Employment
    - Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    - Elder-Ruth McCullough Mercredi
    - Justice-Corrections (North Slave Correctional Centre)
    - Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority
    - Stanton Territorial Hospital

    About CCSA (www.ccsa.ca):
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    With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related
harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national
priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates
sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA is supported
by Health Canada through Canada's Drug Strategy.




For further information:

For further information: Local Media Contact: Enid Harrison, CCSA, (867)
445-7313


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