In The News: New detox centre the first of its kind for an Alberta First Nation

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project

Much-needed facility will give users a short-term space for safe withdrawal

The new detox facility and health centre on the Blood Tribe is the First Nation’s latest response to the opioid crisis. (Reid Southwick/CBC)

Health officials are hoping a new detox and treatment facility — the first of its kind for an Alberta First Nation — will help slow the pace of overdose deaths on the Blood Tribe.

A ribbon-cutting for the new 12-bed, 24-hour facility was held Monday.

In the past two weeks, there have been 22 overdoses — one of them fatal — on the First Nation with a population of about 12,000. Last year there were 335 overdoses.

Jacen Abery, head of emergency services, said his staff would normally take overdosing patients to an off-reserve emergency room.

Jacen Abery, head of emergency services, cuts the ribbon to open the new safe withdrawal facility on the…

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NW Peace FASD Network – 2019 RFP


The Northwest Peace FASD Board of Directors is requesting detailed and comprehensive applications until 4:30 pm local time Tuesday February 19th, 2019 for the following project:



Documents and general information are available on the NWPFASD website (see below for the proposal document) or directly from the office of the Northwest Peace FASD Network.

NWFASD Support Contact- kim@nwfasd.ca or

Find the package on http://vendor.purchasingconnection.ca

Mailing:          #204, 9805 97 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8B9

Office:             #204, 9805 97 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8B9

Submissions may be mailed, hand delivered or emailed to kim@nwfasd.ca


All questions must be emailed to NW FASD Program Support, kim@nwfasd.ca

ISSUE DATE: January 18th,2019

Deadline: February 19th, 2019 Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.



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Unintended Pregnancy Options Workbook

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There are many feelings when a woman discovers she is pregnant. There is disbelief and shock as well as often, anger, pride, happiness, depression and anxiety. It can be difficult to think about what to do. It can be hard to know who to talk to about this problem.

In order to make a good decision for yourself you will need reliable information on all your options, some space and time to yourself and a person to talk to when you want to talk during this decision-making process. It is not always easy to make a decision when faced with an unintended pregnancy, but remember that it is YOUR decision and ultimately you need to make it for yourself.

It is hoped that this guide will help you sort out your feelings and make a decision. If you choose to, you can work through it with your partner, parent or…

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CBC: 10 years sober: Cree woman shares impacts of alcohol in viral video

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project

Some of Carol-Ann Tanoush’s earliest memories of growing up in northern Quebec revolve around alcohol.

“[It was] loud music, screaming drunks. Arguing.  And I was feeling scared,” said Tanoush, sharing memories of life as a five- or six-year-old in the small Cree community of Nemaska, about 1,100 kilometres north of Montreal.

On Jan. 7, to mark the 10th anniversary of her own sobriety, the 27-year-old mother of two posted an emotional video to social media.

Click here to view video.

Tanoush shared the impacts of alcohol on her childhood and how she chose a better life for her children — her son Sebastien, six, and daughter Ava, one and a half.

“It left a deep cut in my heart,” Tanoush writes in her video. “I cried a lot when no one was there. [I] felt alone. Always abandoned.”

Chaotic childhood

In an interview, Tanoush describes a chaotic scene growing up where she and her older sister…

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Affects of alcohol use on first-year college women

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First-year college women are more likely to experience negative consequences such as blacking out and unwanted sex when they drink heavily. A recent study looked at alcohol use on the event-level to try and investigate the decision-making process when intending to use alcohol.

A sample of 235 first-year college women who had consumed alcohol heavily in the past 30 days were surveyed on their daily drinking behavior and drinking intentions through a mobile app. The study also collected data on the consequences experienced as a result of drinking as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The results showed that on average, the students drank 2.27 out of 14 days and consumed an average of 5 drinks per day and 6 drinks on heavy drinking days. Positive affects of alcohol were likely to increase drinking intentions, while negative affects did not influence drinking intentions. However…

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Dry January Tips to Get You Through a Month Without Drinking

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What is Dry January?

You might’ve heard all this talk about Dry January since the start of the new year. So what is it?

Basically, a phenomenon started in 2012 led by the charity, Alcohol Change UK. It’s a booze free challenge where participants don’t drink alcohol for the entire month of January.

For some, it’s easy especially after the holidays. Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and New Years can mean lots of drinking; with friends, family, and coworkers. So, to give your body and mind a rest, January means no wine, beer, or other boozy treats.

Dry January Tips

Need help avoiding that glass of wine after a terrible day at work? We have some Dry January tips for you.

Make a mocktail

Craving a margarita at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Ask for a mocktail. Sparkling water with lime or lemon might not get you buzzed but can…

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8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research, Results and Relevance: Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World

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March 6-9, 2019

This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.


  • consider the implication and potential application of emerging evidence-based, and cutting edge research
  • expand and challenge their knowledge and understanding of hard science
  • explore different models of advanced practice from and across disciplines
  • engage in knowledge exchange and focused dialogue through formal sessions, networking and onsite meetings
  • develop connections and partnerships among global researchers, networks, governments, communities, service providers…

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