Media Advisory of Press Conference: Bill 22 Stands to Increase the Opioid Crisis and Youth Deaths; Bill 22 Must be Withdrawn

WHAT: The Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Health Justice, and BC Civil Liberties Association are hosting a press conference urging the provincial government to withdraw Bill 22. Bill 22 proposes amendments to BC’s Mental Health Act to create a new form of detention and involuntary health care in BC for youth who have experienced an overdose.

Speakers will address key concerns with Bill 22, including:

  • Involuntary detention, including use of restraints, of youth for up to 7 days following an overdose, without the consent of a youth or a parent/guardian.
  • Lack of comprehensive and meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples, contrary to the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Harmful impacts of coercive healthcare on youth who use substances during an opioid overdose health crisis.
  • Establishing a comprehensive voluntary system of substance use services throughout BC.

WHEN: Monday July 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. PST

WHERE: Via Zoom here, media registration opens at 9:45 am.
 Simultaneous livestream through UBCIC Facebook page.


  • Jennifer Charlesworth: BC’s Representative for Children and Youth
  • Kukpi7 Judy Wilson: Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Kali Sedgemore: member of 'Namgis First Nation, OPS youth peer and outreach worker
  • Hawkfeather Peterson: BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors
  • Garth Mullins: Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Crackdown Podcast
  • Laura Johnston: Health Justice
  • Meghan McDermott: BC Civil Liberties Association

Media contact:
Iman Baobeid: [email protected] or 604-401-4517
Ellena Neel: [email protected] or 778-866-0548

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