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Educators’ Forum 2019: Promoting effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and harm reduction education with Indigenous peoples of BC

The First Nations Health Authority in partnership with the Pacific AIDS Network, CATIE, Vancouver Coastal Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control and YouthCO/Yúusnewas are excited to be hosting the 4th annual two-day gathering for educators and harm reduction practitioners to learn, share wisdom and network.

Dates: February 12-13, 2019
Location: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver

The aim of the gathering is the promotion of effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and harm reduction education with community educators. A draft program will be posted to the Pacific AIDS Network website in the next couple of weeks.

Attending the Forum

Due to limited resources, we are asking everyone wishing to attend to submit an application. Each individual is required to complete a separate application form. Information collected via this application form is confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of determining attendance, evaluation purposes and for post-event follow up by the event sponsors.

The Planning Committee will review each application to help determine diverse geographic representation from around the province. You will be notified via email if your application is accepted, no later than January 11th.

Accepted delegates that require travel and accommodation support will be negotiated on a delegate-by-delegate basis. All accepted delegates will receive free registration and breakfast and lunch on each day of the event. In exchange for this free registration, participants agree to complete post event evaluations (one at the end of the training itself and a follow-up survey 3-6 months following the event).

If you are a presenter/facilitator for the event or a Planning Committee Member, please contact Stacy Leblanc to receive a direct link to register.


The deadline for submitting an application is Monday January 7th, 2019, by 4:00pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

To submit your application please visit the Pacific AIDS Network website. You’ll find the Application link near the bottom of the page.

Space for this special event is limited and resources are finite. We thank you in advance for respecting this and remind you that if you submit an application and it is successful, you are agreeing to attend the entirety of all seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. that are part of the program. Failure to honour this agreement may result in your agency or organization being unable to register for future events as well as being billed for accommodation and conference food and beverage costs.

Registration and Event Meals Sponsorship:
All accepted delegates will be provided with free event registration and breakfast and lunch on each of the two days of the event.  All keynotes, workshops, etc, will take place at the Coast Coal Harbour.

Travel and Accommodation Sponsorship:
Accepted applicants will be provided with travel and accommodation support where required, but they will be negotiated on a delegate-by-delegate basis. If you require travel/flight support, you will be asked to arrange your flight through the Pacific AIDS Networks’ travel agent. Detailed information will be provided to applicants upon acceptance.

Rooms have been made available for accepted delegates at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Applicants must submit the required accommodation information, via the online application form, at the time of submission.

Successful applicants will be eligible for one room night per day of training, unless you are not able to get back to your home community at the end of the session, in which case we will provide an additional night of accommodation. There will be no charge for shared rooms but a request for a single room will incur a charge of $90.00 per night (you will be invoiced in advance of the training).

Cancellation, Changes and No-Show Policy:
All delegates are responsible for notifying Planning Committee Administrative Desk of any cancellations within 5 business days of their scheduled arrival in order to avoid accommodation, food and beverage billing for non-attendance. In the event that a delegate does not show for this training, the committee will invoice the accepted applicant for accommodation costs (where applicable) and a registration fee to cover program, venue and meal costs.

Expense and Reimbursement information for people travelling by car or bus:
The Planning Committee’s Administrative Desk will reimburse accepted applicant’s mileage at $0.51per kilometer, but only to the equivalent cost of an economy fare flight from that community.

If you are travelling by coach, or similar, we will also reimburse these expenses. Please note that travel receipts and boarding passes, where available, will be required with your reimbursement submission.

  • Costs for cancelled or altered airfares/bus will not be reimbursed.
  • Reimbursement forms will be available at the registration desk onsite.
  • Expense claims received after 14 days WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED.

If you have any questions please contact Stacy Leblanc or Janet Madsen.

Stacy Leblanc
Director of Program Development
Pacific AIDS Network
T: 604.968.3160

Janet Madsen
Capacity Building And Knowledge Translation Coordinator
Pacific AIDS Network
T: 604.725.5897

We would like to acknowledge that PAN, as a provincial organization, gratefully and respectfully works and partners with BC’s 198 First and Métis Nations.