i cannot hold the ocean in my hands, though i’ve tried


benni (they/elle) is a queer artist, front line worker, and settler working and living in Tio’tia: ke / Mooniyang / Montréal. they are a writer for L’Injecteur at L’Association Québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues (AQPSUD). benni uses their lived experience with drug use and PTSD to advocate for harm reduction and meaningful participation of people who use drugs in policy and practice. they run support groups that centre people who use drugs in their community as alternatives to abstinence based groups and overdose grief groups. they have made art for several years including for Stimulus: Drugs, Policy, and Practice, Quebec Harm Reduction Conference, AQPSUD, made a project by and for people who use drugs to raise funds for Toronto Overdose Prevention Society, and collaborated with harm reduction organizations to make overdose memorials across Canada during the overdose crisis.