Round-up of Activities across Canada

Here are just a few of the events and activities held across the country on September 9, 2011.

North Bay, Ontario – Walk for FASD hosted by The North Bay Indian Friendship Centre. Read more here.

Espanola and North Shore, Ontario – 1 day conference “Embracing our Future Generations;” lunch and presentations; Supper at the Sagamok Multi-Educational Centre and Tiny Tots Pow Wow hosted by the North Shore Tribal Council.

Hamilton, Ontario – “Celebrate Strengths” event hosted by the Hamilton FASD Community Initiative.

Ottawa, Ontario – A press release by the Assembly of First Nations to announce a five year plan on FASD by the AFN National Youth Council.

Toronto, Ontario – A 99 second “Pregnant Pause” at Union Station. Hosted by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. See a press release from Toronto Public Health here and another from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Kids here.

Norway House, Manitoba – A march to the legislative building in Winnipeg by a group from Norway House Cree Nation. Read March aims to shine light on FASD (Winnipeg Free Press, September 9, 2011).

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Unveiling of a youth photovoice project called “Hammered: A sober look at youth and alcohol” at the Remai Arts Centre. Read Teen photo project captures alcohol’s influence (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, September 8,2011) and a booklet on the project here.

Regina, Saskatchewan – Pregnancy Pause at the University of Regina by volunteers from the Regina FASD Network. Read more in an article in the Regina Leader-Post. Read a press release from the Saskatchewan government here.

Camrose, Alberta – An FASD awareness ceremony in Founders Square and free mocktails at local liquor establishments. (The Prairie Central FASD Network has partnered with Boston Pizza Geo’s Sports Lounge O’Shea’s Eatery and Ale House The Canadian Brewhouse Norsemen Inn Gravity Lounge and Tap Room The Alice Hotelthe  to provide free mocktails for expectant mothers every Friday in September). Read more in an article in The Camrose Canadian.

Grand Prairie, Alberta – Women in the Wind FASD Awareness Biker Poker Run and BBQ (read more here). A Mocktail Challenge by five local restaurants and bars: The Lions Den, The Zone Sports Grill, Egan’s Restaurant and Pub, Better than Freds, and the Crown and Anchor. Servers offer their own non-alcoholic mocktail to their customers and the server that sells the most mocktails at the end of the evening wins the competition. Read more here.

Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network’s annual BreakFASD with guest speaker Myles Himmelrich (see a video of Myles speaking here on YouTube and speaking as part of the Alberta government’s FASD learning series here).

Whitecourt, Alberta – Free BBQ at Tennille’s Hope sponsored by the Healthy Families, Healthy Futures program. Read more here.

Hinton, Alberta – Mocktail War by three local watering holes. Read more here.

Moose Jaw, Alberta– FASD Awareness Day during a luncheon at Wood Acres Read more on Discover Moose Jaw.

Edmonton, Alberta – Flash mob with over 100 participants at Kingsway Garden Mall. Visit the Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network blog for the story and pictures here. The clip below is from an appearance on 102.3 NOW radio’s Friday Morning Dance Party.

Kamloops, BC – Mocktails at Thompson Rivers University Welcome Back BBQ, information packages at the Canada Games pool, and an information booth at the Saturday farmer’s market. Read more here.

Quesnel, BC – FASD Day Walk hosted by the Quesnel FASD Advisory Group/Committee.

Terrace, BC – Events hosted by the Kermode Friendship Society, including a free pancake breakfast, sirens and bells at 9:09 a.m and free family activities and a free barbecue at George Little Park.

Prince George, BC – Mayor Dan Rogers reading the Proclamation for FASD Prevention and Support Day and a ‘pregnancy pause’ – observing a moment of silence to remember that duringthe nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol (read more here). The Family Resource Centre also invited members of the public to drop by the centre to take part in family events (a watermelon relay, cake walk, door prizes, raffle, display booths and entertainment) and check out displays (read more here).

Penticton, BC – Activities including a birth mother telling her story, doctors speaking on living with FASD and a panel of parents and professionals who will lead a discussion about various relationships for people living with FASD. Read more in the Penticton Western News here.

Vernon, BC – FASD Awareness Walk from the NONA Child Development Centre to the First Nations Friendship Centre. Read more in the Vernon Morning Star.

Bulkley Valley, BC – Bulkley Valley FASD Committee launches a poster campaign. Read Poster campaign to educate on drinking and pregnancy (Smithers Interior News, September 7, 2011).

Victoria, BC – Launch of campaign to promoted FASD awareness by BC government. Read the press release here.

Surrey, BC – BBQ lunch hosted by the Centre for Child Development.

Inuvik, NWT – Awareness event at Aurora College hosted by Healthy Babies and the Prenatal Nutrition Program. Read news coverage here which includes an interview with NAT member Narine Margaryan.

Yellowknife, NWT – An awareness  walk and public displays. Read more here.


And, as a finale to this roundup, you may want to read a message from the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, from September 9, 2011 on International FASD Awareness Day.