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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Communities across Canada have expressed differing opinions and concerns about the use of cannabis. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction is pleased to host the following partner resources to support community dialogue about cannabis. The resources were developed through a partnership led by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and including the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Alberta Health Services, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health and Community Services. The partnership is supported with funding from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.

Below you will find a variety of resources developed to support community conversations about cannabis.

List of Resources for Understanding Dialogue

Understanding Dialogue

Dialogue is often confused with other types of communication, such as discussion or debate. Understand the basics about effective dialogue with this document.

Principles of Dialogue

The principles of dialogue help create safe spaces where we can collectively explore the different perspectives in our communities. Use this document as a brief overview of the principles.

The Art of Listening

Listening, a key element in dialogue, is more than hearing words. Use this document as a guide on attentive listening.

The Challenge of Empathy

Practicing empathy is essential as it helps us connect and understand each other better. Use this document as background on the concept of empathy.

Asking Good Questions

Asking good questions is an important element of dialogue. Use this document to develop better questions that encourage deeper exploration.

Four Dimensions of Dialogue

Dialogue often involves a progression through various stages of intensity. Use this document to learn about the four different dimensions in which dialogue can occur.

List of Resources for Facilitating Dialogue

A Guide to Nurturing Community Dialogue

Planning dialogue is more than a process or methodology, it is an art. Use this document as a guide to planning community dialogue.

10 Common Tools for Dialogue

Nurturing dialogue can take many forms. Use this list to stimulate thinking on how to nurture dialogue in your community.

Conversation Café

Conversation Cafés are open conversations in coffee shops or any other publicly accessed community setting, including restaurants, conference rooms, churches or more. Use this guide to learn how to facilitate your own Conversation Café.


Photovoice is a participatory research method. Use this guide to learn how to adapt the methodology to encourage community dialogue.

Walking Tours

Walking tours are creative ways for participants to engage with different perspectives while touring a particular setting. Use this guide to learn how to facilitate your own tour.

Partner organizations have supplied the resources on this page. CCSA cannot vouch for the accuracy or currency of the information in these resources. Inclusion of a resource on this page does not imply endorsement or authorization by CCSA.

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