Len Pierre is a Coast Salish Indigenous wellness coach, educator, & curriculum designer from Katzie First Nation. He talks about his work with First Nations communities who deal with drug and alcohol addictions. In the first podcast interview titled “Decolonizing Addiction” Len talks about the struggles with decolonization.
Decolonizing Substance use is a conversation about the harmful effects of stigma and why Indigenous peoples are over represented in addiction. Decolonizing Substance use is about creating a collective understanding about where addiction comes from, making clear linkages between colonialism, trauma, and substance use, as well as finding alternative and holistic ways to talk about substance use in our communities. Please listen to my conversation with knowledge keeper, Len Pierre.