Resource Kit

The list below is a Resource Kit that was put together on a March 24, 2009 FASD information session and given to our program member bands.

Own, Act & Reflect: A Guide for my Healing Journey
Guiding vision in the creation of the OARS approach.

Welcome to the OARS approach

For more information, or to receive copies of the OARS tools, then please contact: Inter Tribal Health Authority at (250) 753-3990, or visit the website at

The Golden Hoop of Life
A Community of Hope, A handbook for caregivers of children ages 3 to 6 with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder occurs in all cultures where alcohol is used. Research shows that peple affected with FASD will need constant structure, supervision and advocacy throughout their life. Their lives will touch the medical, social, educational, and often the legal sectors of society. Caregivers are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and teachers. An entire community must establish support and advocacy networks with families to help those affected by FASD to reach their potential through a range of interventions. With a holistic approach at the centre of a circle of support, the whole community can work effectively in bringing all the children to their potential. Addressing FASD is a great step in the healing and growth of any community

E. Allan Mountford, B.A., B.P.E., M.Ed.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Among Aboriginal People in Canada
Review and Analysis of the Intergenerational Links to Residential School


This report reviews and analyzes research literature on FAS and ARBEs among Aboriginal people in Canada. Specific attention is paid to intergenerational variables that are linked to, or are a result of, the residential school experience. Four basic questions are answered:

  1. What is known about the prevalence of FAS and other ARBEs?
  2. What are the individual, biological, psychological, social and economic correlates of FAS and other ARBEs in relation to (i) pregnant women as risk of given birth to an affected child and (ii) individuals who suffer from FAS/ARBEs?
  3. What evidence is there for a relation of FAS and other ARBEs to the intergenerational effects of residential schools and especially to physical and sexual abuse?
  4. What are the current best practices regarding prevention of FAS and ARBEs and intervention for affected individuals? What are the best practices for communities with high rates of FAS and ARBEs?

Published by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation – Research Series

The Best Start in Life
What Youth Need to know about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


The Best Start in Life is a 12 minute video developed by youth for youth to share information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD refers to the spectrum of conditions that affect a baby when its mother drinks while pregnant.

The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society developed this video and workshop to educate Aboriginal youth about ways to have a healthy pregnancy. It focuses on a condition called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This video and workshop will take about two hours to present.

Developed by: BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

Journey Through the Healing Circle

Journey Through The Healing Circle is a series of four books and videos for use in Fetal Alcohol Effects & Fetal Alcohol Syndrome training with foster parents, tribes, school personnel, medical personnel, and clients. These training resources demystify FAE/FAS by using a Native American storytelling format that reaches across all cultural and generational lines. Teaching and learning are accomplished by using animals of the forest as the main characters. The books and videos address the complexities and challenges that make parenting an FAE/FAS child a difficult task and provide valuable information on prevention.

The Little Fox

This story covers ages birth through five. The story of a mother and father fox and their young daughter fox who has F.A.S.

The Little Mask

The Little Mask covers ages six to seven. The story of two young raccoons with F.A.S./F.A.E. who are left to fend for themselves after losing their parents in a tragic alcohol related accident.

Sees No Danger

Sees No Danger covers ages twelve to seventeen. The story of two young bears with F.A.S./F.A.E. who meet, fall in love, and must fend for themselves after leaving home at a young age.

Travels In Circles

Travels In Circles covers ages eighteen to twenty-two. The story of a young puffin with F.A.S./F.A.E. who is left to fend for himself after losing his parents during a cold, harsh winter.

Presented by: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Distributed in Canada by: BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society

It Takes a Community
Health Canada Framework for the First Nations and Inuit Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects Initiative

A Resource Manual for Community-based Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects

Prepared by the FAS/FAE Technical Working Group (accountable to the CPNP/FAS/E (FNIC) National Steering Committee, representing the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, and the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch)

Trying Differently
A Guide for Daily Living and Working with FASDs and Other Brain Differences

People with FASDs are not “broken” and do not need “fixing”. They require that we, who are able to, accommodate their differences. (from a manual for community caring-FASD Vol.2)

Recognizing that all people with FASDs are unique and that specific strategies work for specific people, we have gathered as many “strategies that work” as we could find and put them together in this booklet for parents, caregivers, teachers, professionals, support people, etc., to try. If you’re using this booklet outside the Yukon, we suggest you contact your local community resources around FASDs. If you are not sure who that is, call or email FASSY.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon (FASSY)
Phone: (867) 393-4948, Fax: (867) 393-4950

Creation Stories
Personal Reflections about Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities

Welcome to our Aboriginal Head Start Story Book

All through this book, you will find photographs of many of the authors, excerpts from our AHS National Principles and Guidelines, and wonderful drawings by some young artists at the Waninawakang Aboriginal Head Start in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. In appreciation for their artistic contribution to the book, the children’s story “What We Like To Do,” is featured first. A children’s story is a logical place for us to start, because Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities reaches children first, but as the stories in this volume show, it also reaches many adult members of our communities, and touches their lives in profound ways.

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Creation Stories – Personal Reflections About Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities. Enjoy!

Karen Roach
Program Officer – Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities
Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Friday's Child - A Strengths-Based FASD Program
A Strengths-Based F.A.S.D. Program

Friday’s Child is a family focused program that has been developed by the Comox Valley Aboriginal Head Start. The program has been developed by Teresia Louder. This program will teach parents coping strategies that they need to cope with children with FASD