SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Deputy Grand
Council Chief Glen Hare says that Ontario needs to step up and get
serious with the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
"Although, FASD costs Canada over four billion dollars annually and is
the number one cause of birth defects in the world, very little is
being done a provincial or national level to prevent this complex
disorder," says Deputy Grand Chief Glen Hare. "Our organizations are
working hard to provide services but the time has come for the Province
of Ontario to develop a comprehensive multi-year strategy and provide
permanent funding to our hardworking programs."
This week, five Native organizations have joined forces to co-host the
second Anishinabek G7, FASD: Caring for a New Generation Conference.
"Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is linked to over 60 primary
disabilities," says Hare. "We are in dire need of prevention,
intervention and treatments strategies."
"Ontario is a very child-focused province, with very few services
available to individuals affected by FASD, who are over the age of
six," says Angela Recollet, Executive Director of Shkagamik-Kwe Health
Centre. "FASD is a lifelong disability. We need to focus upon
capacity-building, improved access to specialized services, medical
treatment, supportive living environments and treatment homes."
"In order to fully address FASD, we must join together to create
seamless services to respectfully and compassionately meet the needs of
all people living with FASD," says Recollet.
Over 200 frontline workers, biological parents and foster parents will
be travelling in from across Canada to participate in the multi-day
"Our conference has been very well received and actually sold out about
a month ago," says Conference Co-chair Dan Garcia. "We have brought
together some of the finest facilitators known both nationally and
internationally. U.S. FASD hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Mary DeJoseph
will once again be joining us. We also have David Boulding, a
nationally recognized lawyer who is among those leading the work that
needs to be done in the justice system to avoid putting developmentally
disabled individuals behind bars."
"We have a very hard-working committee, said Garcia. "Together, we have
done some amazing work; we established a partnership with Sudbury
Regional Hospital and opened an FASD Diagnostic Clinic this past June.
We have created a PSA, held Diagnostic training for local doctors and
are currently working on the development of an accredited
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
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