Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention


I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and Canada FASD Research Network on an initiative responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call-to-Action #33.

Call-to-Action #33 focuses on culturally relevant approaches to preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:

“We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to recognize as a high priority the need to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and to develop, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, FASD preventive programs that can be delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.”

As one way of supporting discussion and action, these organizations have published a series of five booklets:

  1. Indigenous Mothering
  2. Wellness
  3. Reconciliation and Healing
  4. Community Action
  5. Brief Interventions with Girls and Women

These booklets are intended to be a starting place for individuals, organizations, and communities who are interested in learning how they can be involved in supporting FASD prevention in Indigenous communities in ways that are respectful of history, culturally aligned and supportive of Indigenous self-determination and cultural resurgence.

A few screenshots from inside the booklets below.

You can download the booklets from the websites of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.