Call to Action # 33: Actions and Commitments

Federal Budget Commitments to FASD Programs

November 12, 2018

Fed. Govt.

Funding to National FASD Mentoring Project

$1.1M of funding over 3 years to the National FASD Mentoring Project, led by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate FASD information and awareness sessions to support Indigenous children and their families living off reserve across Canada.
The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) program staff and community Elders throughout the project to ensure that information sessions respond to the needs of communities.

Training will take place at AHSUNC off-reserve community sites across Canada over the next three years. The National FASD Mentoring Project will help build community capacity for the prevention of FASD as well as provide evidence-based information about FASD in a culturally appropriate manner. (Cision)

July 24, 2019

Fed. Govt.

Funding to support new FASD projects

$1.8M over 4 years Funding to support new projects focused on increasing public awareness and understanding of FASD, and the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure. These projects are being funded under the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder National Strategic Projects Fund. The Fund aims to prevent FASD and to improve the outcomes for those affected by FASD through the development of knowledge, tools and resources.

Sample projects include:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
FASD prevention school-based program for children and adolescents in select urban, rural and First Nation schools in Ontario, Canada
$843,163. This pilot project aims to educate youth aged 12 to 18 about the risks of prenatal alcohol and other substance use in order to raise awareness and understanding of FASD and prevent alcohol use during pregnancy.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Supporting our Inuit Families and Communities: $558,041

This project will conduct focus group sessions and interviews that will inform future programming and policies, and support the promotion of FASD prevention in Inuit communities. This project aims to improve maternal and infant outcomes for Inuit women and their families, and reduce stigma associated with FASD