First Peoples Worldwide is an international organization dedicated to promoting Indigenous economic determination and strengthening Indigenous communities through asset control and the dissemination of knowledge. Britnae Purdy recently wrote an article on the organization’s blog called “Alcoholism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the Native American Woman” (August 14, 2014).
The article discusses the introduction of alcohol in Native American communities, the prevalence of alcohol misuse in certain communities, the causes and effects of FASD, and approaches to intervention.
The article ends with a call for action and suggests some of the unique ways Native American women can be involved in supporting the health of their communities and preventing FASD.
Read the article here. For more on the role of indigenous women in FASD prevention, see earlier posts:
- Circle of Life Mentorship Program in Terrace, British Columbia (May 23, 2013)
- FASD Campaign from Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (October 22, 2012)
- Grannies Group in South Australia addressing alcohol misuse (September 27, 2012)
- Yajilarra: the story of the women of Fitzroy Crossing (October 15, 2010)