Subcommittees

Common Language
  • Develops words and images that promote dignity and respect for people with FASD and women who use alcohol during pregnancy.
  • Creates a common language that will act as the foundation for all projects and materials developed by the Looking After Each Other project.

The Common Language subcommittee is currently working on developing an fasd language guide. The guide is intended to provide alternative words or phrases for those commonly used by society when discussing FASD. We propose these alternatives be used in an effort to promote the dignity of those who use alcohol during pregnancy and those with FASD and their families.

The Looking After Each Other project has contracted with the Fameworks Institute to identify the discrepancies between the “expert view” of FASD and the public’s view. This process (called “Mapping the Gap”) will provide a greater understanding of what Manitobans currently know about FASD and will suggest effective ways to guide future communication that is accurate and dignity promoting.

If you would like to join the Common Language subcommittee, visit how to get involved and fill in the form.

 

Research
  • Engages strength-based research to identify and inform best practice interventions to promote dignity.
  • Aims to identify the philosophies and practices used in successful interventions so individuals, families, and communities impacted by FASD can engage and thrive.

The Research subcommittee has formally applied to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for funding ($2.5M). The proposed research will explore the impact stigma and societal prejudices have on individuals, families and communities impacted by FASD and how we can promote more dignity within our systems and services, between families and providers, within community and within different cultural beliefs. Healthy Child Manitoba is one of several partners that have supported the development of the research proposal and who will support the work of the researchers should the grant be funded.

The subcommittee will know by next spring/early summer (2017) if they have been successful. In the meantime they are exploring other grant opportunities to further this important strength based research.

If you would like to join the Research subcommittee, or if you have some ideas about materials you would like to see created, visit how to get involved and fill in the form.

 

Popular Education
  • Creates and supports the development of materials, events and projects that promote dignity in relation to the global responsibility concerning FASD
  • Creates and facilitates avenues for sharing messages that promote dignity in relation to the global responsibility concerning FASD

The Popular Education subcommittee is currently working on two specific projects. The first is the development of a companion document to the mini documentary, “A Place Where I Belong: Community Making a Difference,” that will answer some broad questions about how service providers, caregivers, and communities can get started when supporting someone with FASD.

The other project is the development of a second mini documentary focusing on how communities can foster resilience and strength with women who use substances by providing effective, person-centred support that promotes healing and connection.

If you would like to join the Popular Education subcommittee, or if you have some ideas about materials you would like to see created, visit how to get involved and fill in the form.