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Episode 5: Nathaniel Erskin-Smith

Episode 5 : Nathaniel Erskin-Smith



The following podcast is the final in this series. Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskin-Smith shares with us his engagement in harm reduction and decriminalization from within the government in power as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada. He shares with us his experiences advocating for harm reduction and decriminalization services and his fight for support for people who are living with substance use disorder or experiencing death due to the toxic drug crisis in Canada. Nathaniel highlights much of what has been shared previously, and yet provides a different perspective, as he is experiencing urban Toronto stories as a member from the city.


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Scripture Reading – John 2: 1- 12

Conversation – Nathaniel Erksin-Smith
Nathaniel Erksin-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York

HymnDeep in Our Hearts

Music by Ron Klusmeier, 1996.
Performed by Amy Lee
One License # 117654




– We invite you to consider the next steps in your learning? Do you feel you’ve learned enough in relation to the proposal before you? If so, how is this sitting with you? Spend sometime considering how you might engage further. If not, what do you feel you need to learn more?



Shining Waters Regional Council Message on the 50th Anniversary of the War on Drugs:


The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit by Bruce K. Alexander
Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction by Travis Lupick
Off the Street: Legalizing Drugs by W.A. Bogart
The War on Drugs: A Failed Experiment by Paula Mallea

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Minister, Justice and Faith Formation

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: jdale@united-church.ca 

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council and Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Guthrie office

Role: Jeffrey encourages and connects communities of faith with matters of faith and justice and the regional council in youth and young adult ministry and matters of faith formation and liaises with the General Council in this regard.

Contact Jeffrey about: Affirming Ministry; Camping Ministries; Faith Formation; Guaranteed Income; Harm Reduction; Homelessness; Poverty; Social and Eco-justice; Worship and Music; Youth and Young Adult Ministry, United Church Women (UCW)