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.
Why “In Progress?”
Budget 2017 of the Federal Government allocated an “additional” $10.5M over 5 years with $3.7M ongoing to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Program beyond the $14.2M allocated annually prior to 2017-2018. By 2022 the annual funding will have increased from $16.3M to $17.9M as part of an existing suite of services aimed to improve health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit children, families and communities. No mention of Métis.
The objective of the funding is to increase awareness and understanding of the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder within urban, rural or remote off-reserve Indigenous communities and among service providers who support Indigenous peoples of childbearing age
Aug. 2, 2019 – Launch of Agir Tôt (Act Early) program in Quebec including funding for FASD screening in the Nunavik region in northern Quebec.
Multiple initiatives in the provinces and territories.
Other Govt. Response to FASD Programs
Excluded: Increasing Understanding, Support and Inclusion for Children with FASD and their Families
BC Representative for Children and Youth – released a report “Excluded: Increasing Understanding, Support and Inclusion for Children with FASD and their Families” that recommends that……
April 15, 2021
Cdn. Bar Assoc. Response to TRC
Responding to the TRC Calls to Action March 2016: FASD
In 2010 and 2013, the CBA called for greater sensitivity and flexibility in the criminal justice and corrections systems to deal more appropriately with people……