Programming Connection

SisterSpace Overdose Prevention Site 

Atira Women’s Resource Society (AWRS)
Vancouver, B.C.
2021

What is the Program?

SisterSpace is a women-only overdose prevention site (OPS) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). The OPS opened in May 2017 and allows women to use substances in the presence of workers trained in overdose response. Trans women, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are significantly femme-identified can use the services.

SisterSpace is run by Atira Women’s Resource Society (AWRS), with funding and/or staff support from Vancouver Coastal Health, the City of Vancouver, B.C. Housing, B.C. Women’s Hospital and the Provincial Health Services Authority. AWRS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women. They provide women and children affected by violence with safe and supportive housing, as well as community support services, education and employment initiatives.