SAFE MISSION aims to unite Mission citizens who use/have used substances to:
Advocate for ourselves and each other building a network of support.
Share our knowledge and experience to dismantle stigma, systemic barriers, and criminalization.
Promote harm reduction and educate the community.
In the fall of 2021 a group of peers from the Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) began meeting to talk about issues for people who use/have used substances and the ongoing Provincial Opioid Overdose Health Emergency, more accurately - the illicit drug poisoning crisis killing seven British Columbians every day.
We met weekly, created a name for the group, mission statement and values, and held rallies and education events. In January of 2023, we incorporated as a non-profit organization. We join many other advocacy groups in the province with a long history of advocating for evidence-based policy, implementing life-saving harm reduction strategies, and changing community attitudes for the better.
We invite people with lived/living experience to join us. We gather to support each other, plan and lead community projects to realize these goals: Safety, Advocacy, Friendship, Experience, and Education.
Understanding | Respect | Hope | Humour | Joy | Unconditional Love Building Connections Compassion | Non-judgement | Inclusion
Thursdays 2:00 pm –3:30 pm
Location: Mission Friendship Centre
33150 1 Ave, Mission
Great snacks and stipends paid for meetings and project work
SAFE Mission partnered with Maple Ridge Street Outreach Society on this poignant art dialogue:
Postcards From Precarious Places. This has inspired a larger project: a peer-led play that will be showing in November 2023.