FASD Awareness Day 2013: Round-up of Activities across Canada

Here are just a few of the events and activities held across the country on September 9, 2013


Western NewfoundlandWestern Health held a “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 am.

Amherst, Nova Scotia – The Cumberland FASD Working Group gathered in Victoria Square for a brief ceremony that included the ringing of the bells at First Baptist Church to the Beatles’ song Here Comes the Sun. Educational materials and FASD knots were handed out.

Nunavik, Quebec – At 9:09 am on Sept. 9, church bells rang out in Puvirnituq, on Nunavik’s Hudson Bay coast.

Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee, QuebecAnnouncement of the first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic and Intervention Clinic in the province of Québec.

St. Thomas, Ontario – A gathering at City Hall where the town bell rang out nine times and nine minutes past nine. MPP Jeff Yurek makes a statement in legislature here.

Toronto, Ontario – An ‘intersection scramble’ by the Toronto FASD Network (individuals had balloons under bright blue balloons) and international lullabies played from the carillon tower at Metropolitan United Church just after noon. See the media coverage here.

Kingston, Ontario – The Kingston FASD Action Network held a breakfast event.

Thunder Bay, Ontario – The Aboriginal FASD Day Planning Committee will host its fifth annual  “Honouring Mothers Mini Pow‐wow” at Marina Park. See the media coverage here. NorWest Community Health Centres and community partners hosted activities at LCBO locations. See the media coverage here.

Haliburton, Ontario – The Pine Ridge District Health Unit has placed public displays at partner agencies in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Grey Bruce, Ontario – Display with information and handouts about FASD at the Obstetrical Clinics located at Grey Bruce Health Services.

A Pregnant Pause by the Halton FASD Parent/Caregiver Support Group. Image via Judy P.
A Pregnant Pause by the Halton FASD Parent/Caregiver Support Group. Image via Judy P.

Burlington, Ontario – A  Pregnant Pauses event and an info table at Burlington Mall by the  Halton FASD Leadership Team and the Halton Parent/Caregiver Support Group.

Hamilton and Dundas, Ontario – The Hamilton FASD Community Initiative hosts free educational sessions.

Armstrong, Longlac, and Thunder Bay, Ontario – The NorWest Community Health Centres hosted two days of training with Brenda McKnight. See media coverage here.

Sudbury, Ontario – A proclamation and rally at Tom Davies Square. See the media coverage here.

Ottawa, Ontario – Breakfast reception, presentation by Dr De La Ronde, and creation of alcohol and pregnancy messages by and with pregnant women (belly painting and photography session to create poster). By the FASD Coalition of Ottawa for clients and staff of St Mary’s Home Centre and Residence.

Brandon, ManitobaA one- minute reflection at 9:09am.

Southern Health-Santé Sud in Manitoba – “Don’t Snicker at F.A.S.D.” – Snickers Bars with Facts on FASD handed out throughout the region.

Portage, ManitobaFASD Day Lunch and Learn hosted by the Portage Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Coalition.


Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina FASD Community Network held an event at F.W. Hill Mall in downtown Regina. Check out the media coverage here.

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – The Prince Albert FASD committee handed out out pens and information about FASD to bars, restaurants, liquor stores and other licensed establishments.

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – FASD Awareness Day luncheon with guest speaker Sandra Overs. See the media coverage here and here.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – An awareness walk  by the Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan, the FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.

North Battleford, SaskatchewanActivities by the Battlefords Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP), KidsFirst, the FASD Support Network, the Prairie North Regional Health Authority, and the North West Intersectoral Committee. A banner was raised at North Battleford City Hall declaring FASD Awareness Day and a minute of silence held at 9:09 a.m. Information about FASD and packets of condoms were distributed. Messages on the condoms said  “It is never too late to quit drinking during pregnancy”  and “Men should always support pregnant women so they are living in an alcohol-free, drug-free, stress-free, loving environment, Happy Healthy Mom Means Happy Healthy Baby.”

Melfort, Saskatchewan – A Pancake BreakFASD at the Marguerite Riel Centre.

Humboldt, Saskatchewan – Presentations at Humboldt Collegiate Institute, tent cards at local bars, and a display window full of our awareness shirts and posters at Cottage Boutique. See this for more details.

Government of Saskatachewan – The Government of Saskatachewan announced funding of $150,000 to the FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.

Medicine Hat, Dunmore, and Brooks, AlbertaMocktails for Moms organized by the Southeast Alberta Fetal Alcohol Network. The Local Public Eatery, The Silver Buckle, Crave at Medicine Hat College, Rusty’s Roadhouse in Dunmore, and Spin and Boston Pizza in Brooks are just some of the bars participating.


High Prairie, Alberta – International FASD Day Walk for Awareness at Jaycee Park hosted by the Northern Association for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NAFASD).

Lethbridge, Alberta – A church bell “concordance” at the entry to Southminster United Church. See media coverage here.

Edmonton, Alberta – Storytelling breakfast hosted by the Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network.

Calgary, Alberta – FASD Day breakfast hosted by  the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network.

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The North East Alberta FASD Network (NEAFAN) celebrated the day at Keyano College Corner Grounds.

FireShot Screen Capture #339 - 'NEAFAN North East Alberta FASD Network' - neafan_ca

Prince George, British Columbia – Booths at Pine Centre Mall and Wal-Mart by the Structure for Success program at Northern Health; a pregnant pause at the Child Development Centre; a performance by the Street Spirit theatre group. See the media coverage here.

Vernon, British Columbia – A walk and celebration in Spirit Park – meeting, games, speeches, food.

White Rock, British Columbia – A mocktail party at Sources Community Resource Center.

Nisga’a Nation (British Columbia)Nisga’a Valley Health Authority displays information and distributes brochures at all clinics.

Terrace, British Columbia – A pancake breakfast at the Sportsplex, followed by traditional drumming, games for kids, and speeches in George Little Park, hosted by the Kermode Friendship Society.

Government of British Columbia – FASD awareness materials – counter decals, brochures and posters that feature a pregnant woman and her partner – featured in all 195 BC Liquor Stores throughout the province for the month of September.


Yellowknife, Northwest Territories –  A Pausing for Pregnancy event and Tiki Hut Mocktails at Aurora College hosted by the Yellowknife Association for Community Living which included march from Aurora College with prenatal goodie bags and mocktail recipes. See media coverage here and here.

Fort Simpson, Northwest TerritoriesAnnual walk – from the Nahanni Inn, down Main Street to the Liidlii Kue First Nation office.

Whitehorse, Yukon – A proclamation.

And, as a finale to this roundup, you may want to read a message from the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, from September 9, 2013 on International FASD Awareness Day.

For previous round-ups, see FASD Awareness Day 2012FASD Awareness Day 2011 and FASD Awareness Day 2010.


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