Nicolas Crier is an adoptee of Cree heritage and a freelance writer. At 44 years old he has spent approximately half his life surviving in the streets and more than a decade in the Downtown Eastside.
It never occurred to him that being a drug user would ever be useful, but he’s parlayed his street smarts and community connections into a successful career as an overdose responder and outreach worker.
He has worked as a co-ordinator and facilitator for the Speakers Bureau at Megaphone, is the organization’s storytelling and community networking liaison and has studied journalism as a recipient of the Megaphone and Read Mercer Entrance Award at Langara College. He sends love to his 12-year-old son, Money.