Thompson Rivers University and the City of Kamloops have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the next three years that will see the two organizations address the opioids crisis.
Signed on Wednesday (Oct. 7) by Mayor Ken Christian and TRU president Brett Fairbairn, the MOU identifies key areas to increase the efficiency of the relationship and expand projects on which the city and TRU will work.
One example will see TRU lead a cultural mapping of the opioid crisis in Kamloops, supported by the municipality’s social and community development team.
The amended MOU will remain in place until 2023, building upon recent successes in educational programming and community-focused research and incorporating minor adjustments for approval of shared projects.
The city and university first signed the MOU in 2018 to formalize and build on the existing relationship and work together toward future goals and activities.
In a press release, Christian and Fairbairn noted a key success of the last MOU was securing a wildfire research chair position this past summer.
They said the partnership is even more important now as the region rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic.