National Symposium on FASD

Media Advisory Release Date: February 21, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Media are invited to attend a national symposium on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) at the University of Regina on Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The symposium will look at how justice programs can include prevention and intervention, with a focus on culturally-appropriate programs for Indigenous peoples. This is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, two of which focused specifically on FASD.

Guest speakers from British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick will be making presentations.

Among the sessions:

Wed. Feb. 22:          

8:30 a.m. – Formal Welcoming – Dr. Vianne Timmons, President, U of R; Noel Starblanket, Knowledge Keeper and Life Speaker

9:30 a.m. – Research and Event Overview – Dr. Michelle Stewart, U of R

1:00 p.m. – Roundtable One: Holistic and Culturally-Safer Approaches to Programs and Practices – Lisa Lawley, Kermode Friendship Centre, B.C.; Rachel Tambour, Tree of Peace Friendship Centre, N.W.T.

Thurs. Feb. 23:         

8:30 a.m. – Roundtable Two: Taking up the Challenge: Legal and Ethical Considerations – Laura Hoversland, Justice Manager for Council of Yukon First Nations; Samaya Jardey, Through an Aboriginal Lens

10:30 a.m. – Roundtable Three: Bridging by Fostering Culturally-Safe Collaborations – Lisa Workman, Four Direction Community Health Centre; Dr. Lori Cox, Eastern Door Diagnostic Team

All events will be held in CK 185 – room 185 of the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport at the University of Regina.


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