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The Government of Yukon has unveiled the “Support is Here for You” Backpack Project, a new initiative intended to provide personal care items for direct assistance and community support to individuals experiencing substance use issues.
This project is part of the Government of Yukon’s commitment to respond to the Substance Use Health Emergency by taking bold and innovative actions, including prevention, harm reduction efforts and collaborative programming with partner organizations.
The project entails distributing 200 backpacks filled with practical and personal items such as:
All items have been carefully chosen to address basic needs while fostering a sense of security and comfort.
In Whitehorse, distribution will be handled through Blood Ties Four Directions. In other communities, Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services staff in Community Health Centres will help distribute the backpacks to clients.
The “Support is Here for You” Backpack Project is part of a larger, more holistic approach to address substance use in the Yukon by directly connecting individuals with resources and services that can assist them in the long- term.
Together with our partner, Blood Ties Four Directions, we are providing support directly to Yukoners who need it most. The “Support is Here for You” Backpack Project goes beyond practical aid and essential resources; it extends comfort and support to Yukoners experiencing substance use issues. These types of support are essential for providing immediate help, reducing hardship and fostering community care for people in our communities. This initiative underscores our ongoing commitment to many bold and innovative approaches in response to the Substance Use Health Emergency.
Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee
Communications, Health and Social Services