THUNDER BAY – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) recognized International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day with the launch of an FASD website to assist workers in NAN First Nation communities.
“This interactive website provides information to better support women, children, families and caregivers who are affected by FASD or other effects from prenatal substance use,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “This website will be an effective resource for our community- based service providers, but it is only one component of a broader approach that needs to be addressed at the provincial level.”
NAN has advocated for years for a provincial strategy and targeted mandate for FASD prevention, intervention and support. NAN is currently working with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which announced a commitment in 2013 to develop a provincial strategy that will improve the experiences and outcomes for individuals affected by FASD.
“It is our hope that the province’s commitment will significantly improve the health of our community members by addressing the inequities in assessment, diagnostic and support services, especially for those in remote First Nations that often lack access to vital services,” said Grand Chief Fiddler. “We look forward to full engagement with the provincial government on moving this strategy forward.”
International FASD Awareness Day is observed across the country on September 9 to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
For more information please visit our website at www.fasdnan.ca.