The Play It Safer Network is a community-based network located in northern Manitoba. Our goal is to implement a community based (Northern Manitoba/Saskatchewan) strategy to address STBBIs and Harm Reduction through education, prevention, treatment, and medical and social supports.

The Network welcomes anyone who lives in northern Manitoba/Saskatchewan and is living with, affected by, or has an interest in issues related to STBBIs and Harm Reduction. 

How we are involved in community:

The PISN consists of over 40 members who provide awareness and educational information on STBBIs and Harm Reduction. Meetings are held on a monthly basis to maintain a communication strategy and promote partnerships throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan including northern, rural, and First Nation communities.

Project highlights:

  • Annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Week/World AIDS Day Community Awareness Campaign
  • Annual Hepatitis Awareness Month (May) & World Hepatitis Day (July) participation
  • Development of "UnWANTED" Graphic Novel, Drama Production and Related Resources
  • Community Campaigns-Trapper's Festival, Trout Festival, and Summer Campaigns
  • Distribution of safer sex kits in local service provider locations, educational institutions, and bars/lounges
  • Providing educational presentations on sexual health and youth related issues/concerns
  • Community Outreach Campaigns- community clean up, Sharps disposal education

Our History:

The Northern AIDS Network now known as the Play It Safer Network was formed in 1992. Although the name had changed, the goals of the Network remain the same – to address the needs of the community and reduce the rates of STBBIs.  The Network continues to grow and would not have accomplished so much without the support of our membership-45 members and growing.



Carrie Pockett
 PISN Coordinator