Back Row (L to R): Simeon Poker, Kathleen Benuen, Brenda Gear, Amanda Mogridge, Nancy Poole, Beverley Nuna, Lyla Andrew, Melody Morton Ninomiya, Gabriel Rich. Front Row (L to R): Ruby Poker, June Fry, Joanna Michel, Elizabeth Antoine, Annie Picard. Missing in Photo: Julia O’Brien. Regrets: Martyne Nui, Pam Gough

Prevention Network Action Team members Melody Morton Ninomiya and Nancy Poole were invited to an Innu community in Labrador, Sheshatshiu, on October 14, 2017 to co-facilitate a day-long session about FASD prevention. The day began with a powerful presentation by Annie Picard of the timeline for the Sheshatshiu and Mushuau (settled in Natuashish) people from pre-1950 times of nomadic living on the land, to settlement, colonization and trauma, as well as many points of resistance and resilience.

The participants from both Sheshatshiu and Natuashish communities who attended the session described how FASD has touched their lives as community leaders, parents of children with FASD, and service providers.

The group viewed an online clip from a remote Australian community which had built a community-wide FASD prevention and intervention model (see the Marulu Strategy at https://www.mwrc.com.au/pages/the-marulu-strategy).  There are many parallels between the remote Labrador and the Fitzroy Valley communities, and the successful community-wide action on FASD prevention screening, diagnosis and support, capacity-building and resourcing in Australia was inspiring.

The group discussed how/where the 4 levels of FASD prevention model fit for their community.  The group identified a number of locations in the community where education and action of FASD prevention might be introduced or enhanced. Melody and Nancy will continue to act as resources for these communities as they begin to develop community-wide FASD prevention strategies.

4 Levels of FASD Prevention – Innu and English

 


For more on this topic, see earlier posts below:

FILMS FROM THE LILILWAN PROJECT: TRISTAN AND MARULU May 9, 2012

FASD PREVENTION WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA April 3, 2017