Saskatchewan has the highest HIV rate in Canada, which is fueled by injection drug use. This is further compounded by the crystal meth and overdose epidemic that the province is currently facing.
We strive to have a collaborative Saskatchewan led response using innovative approaches to making us the best province for all.
Safe Consumption Site
Prairie Harm Reduction operates Saskatchewan's First Safe Consumption Site. This service prevents overdoses and other adverse medical effects associated with using drugs by having people use drugs under the observation of a Primary Care Paramedic.
This program is exclusively funded by fundraising dollars. Donate if you are able.
Support Services provides harm reduction based supports to individuals through advocacy, support, referrals, transportation, housing, emotional support, crisis intervention and system navigation. We offer both in-house and outreach services to ensure the lowest barrier of service delivery.
Our department focuses on building relationships with ostracized and marginalized members of our community. We believe that every person deserves access to not only basic needs (housing, food, medical support), but to respect, kindness and opportunities that allow them to thrive.
Our team is well-known throughout the province for successfully engaging vulnerable individuals; as such, we provide training to several community partners, student groups and professionals on delivering exemplary system navigation and advocacy.
Family Support Program
Family Support provides harm reduction based supports to families who are facing a mulitude of barriers which puts them at high risk for interventions from the Ministry of Social Services.
Family Support provides in home and community supports including transportation, emotional support, safety planning, advocacy and referrals. Family Support operates Monday to Friday 9am to 12am; Weekend & Holidays 4pm to 12am.
Families can self refer for support or can be referred by other community supports or their child protection worker.
Our Drop-In Centre provides a safe space for people to access services. We do not ban people from services as we are here to serve people who access services.
This space is available to the public Monday to Friday 10:30am to 4pm.
We develop and distribute educational materials, and conduct seminars for professionals and people who access services on several topics including:
-Engaging people who use drugs
Prairie Harm Reduction was the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Harm Reduction/Wholistic Wellness Promotion Award.
Take Home Naloxone Program
Free Naloxone Kits
Walk-ins Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.
Training takes 10-15 minutes. Certificate provided.
*Music or Arts festival training available upon request*
Community Needle Pick-ups
Needle Patrollers pick up needles 5 days week throughout Pleasant Hill, Riversdale, and Mayfair.
Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF)
Prairie Harm Reduction covers emergency medical costs for people living with HIV in Saskatchewan. Cost coverage is determined on a case by case basis. Applicants are to call in and speak directly with the Director of Support Services.
This does not include dispensing fees changed by pharmacies.
"They helped me keep my kids. I'm now going to school to be an addictions counsellor"
-Family Support Participant
"...they gave me a job. I'm not struggling month to month any more"
-Ron Cooper, Naloxone Trainer
"(They) know how to get things done quickly. The training gave me the skills to better serve my clients"
Service Navigation Trainer Participant
Board of Directors
Dr. Ali Tote - Board Chair
Ali is a Lutheran pastor serving Resurrection Lutheran Church and has been in Saskatchewan for over 20 years. Ali is also a researcher (epidemiologist) and adjunct professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Ali is passionate about the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and minority populations and is blessed to be a part of PHR.
Sheena McCallion - Vice-Chair
Sheena McCallion is a social worker with a background in crisis work, mental health, human rights and housing advocacy over the past twenty five years. She is committed to the principles of harm reduction as the most effective and compassionate means to equity and wellness for all. She is honored to be a part of this leading organization and its excellent board of directors
Shaun Huel - Treasurer
Shaun has been putting his extensive sales, business and accounting knowledge to work for BDM Healtware Inc. for the past decade after beginning his career with General Electric Healthcare, where he won the USCAN President’s Award as one of their top salespersons in his first year. His role is a bit of a catch-all for business activities at BDM, but he has a specific skill for contracting, financial reporting and cleaning up inefficiencies to make the business run as smoothly as possible. It’s also important to Shaun to foster strong relationships with both customers and vendors.Shaun convocated with a BComm (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan before receiving his CPA, CMA designation in 2015, when he was named valedictorian and won the CMA President’s Gold Medal.
Dr. Joyce Wilson - Secretary
Joyce Wilson is a Professor and Scientist at the University of Saskatchewan studying
viruses and antiviral treatments. Her research focuses on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV),
and recently has been expanded to study SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-
19. Her research is nationally funded and focuses on how viruses hijacks human
cells and aims to use the information to develop new ways to treat virus infections
in humans. In addition to basic research Dr Wilson is also committed to the people
affected by virus infections like HCV, HIV, and COVID-19 and people and
organizations that support them within the community. Her membership on the
board of Prairie Harm Reduction allows her contribute to the team effort to improve
lives of people affected by HCV, HIV, and COVID-19 in Saskatoon.
Dr. Sharon Acoose
My name is Sharon L. Acoose. My Indian name or Spirit name is Circling Eagle Women. I have 11 grands, 2 great grands. I am a recovering addict and I have 31 years under my belt. I still attend the odd AA meeting and I have also found my Culture. I attend Sweat Lodge Ceremony’s, Pipe Ceremony’s. I find that I gain balance in all areas of my life when I participate in Ceremony. I have 3 children, 2 are daughters and 1 son. I have 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I could not be more blessed. My area of expertise is to work Street People, those women and girls involved in prostitution and the other violent issues that stem from living unhealthy. My heart is also with all the Missing and Murdered Indian Women across Canada.
Live each day as if it were your last! Ekosi!
Becca Beattie - Member at Large
Becca Beattie is a dedicated volunteer at Prairie Harm Reduction and Okihtcitawak Patrol Group. She is also a frontline harm reduction worker with Edwards Manor by Camponi Housing. Known for her boots in the ground approach, she was invited to the board of PHR in July 2020. Becca is excited to serve as the Chair for our volunteer committee.
Becca is proudly Metis.
Jane Calder - Member at Large
When Jane first moved to Saskatoon she wanted to set down roots and become more involved in the community. She happened upon AIDS Saskatoon and six years later, she is still on the Board of Directors. She spent two years as Chair, during which time she signed the papers to transition the organization to Prairie Harm Reduction She specializes in Human Resources. In normal times, Jane loves to explore the many restaurants of Saskatoon in search of great food and to travel as much as possible (also in search of great food)
Lori Coolican - Member-at-Large
Lori Coolican was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has worked as a journalist and editor for 25 years, primarily at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Her support for Prairie Harm Reduction is rooted in her experiences as a reporter covering the criminal justice system, social services and civic affairs, and inspired by the many brave and resilient people she has met through that work.
Matt Ingrouille - Member-at-Large
Matt is a husband, father of 4 and is a 14 year veteran of the Saskatoon Police Service. After Matt and his wife, Erin, adopted their son, they leaned firsthand the importance of our systems having a trauma informed lens. Matt’s work experience has ranged from extensive undercover operations to patrolling Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods. He has developed a deep passion to understand the root causes of addiction, gangs and the overall impact of the drug trade. Matt is the founder of Say Know - Drug Education Project, board member of the Saskatoon Police Association and board member of Prairie Harm Reduction.
Thomas Laughton - Member-at-Large
I’m an LPN currently working for the SHA in the new Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinic. Previously to this I spent 14 years working with youth struggling with addiction and mental illness at the Youth Stabilization Unit.
I came from Calgary where my passion for harm reduction was discovered while volunteering with a local agency delivering care to unhoused people. Within a year I was enrolled in nursing school and have focused on mental health and addictions for my entire career.
I volunteer in the community by co-coordinating First Aid at the Ness Creek Music Festival.
Chris Sicotte- Member-at-Large
Chris Sicotte is a proud Cree/Métis and member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Chris is currently employed with Aon Reed Stenhouse as the Indigenous Liaison for Saskatchewan. Previously Chris worked for 26 years in the financial services industry.
He is the current Chair of the Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation, Past Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, AFOA Canada, AFOA Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, Kitotiminawak Parent/Community Council at Oskayak High School. He was previously a Board Member at Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute and READ Saskatoon. Currently he is a Director of both the Provincial Métis Housing Corporation and Prairie Harm Reduction.
Anna Singer - Member-at-Large
Anna Singer is a partner at Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher LLP, practicing primarily in the area of family law. Before becoming a lawyer, Anna studied International Development and worked as an ESL teacher. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Anna has been a member of the Prairie Harm Reduction Board since June 2018.
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