SPECIAL FASD WORKSHOP APRIL 2024 – It’s A Brain thing!
The Manitoba FASD Coalition, in partnership with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, is pleased to announce that we will be offering two, full day workshops April 16, 2024 in Winnipeg and April 18, 2024 in Thompson, featuring Guest Speaker Nate Sheets. To learn more about Nate, visit his website.
A two day FASD training took place in The Pas and in Flin Flon in September. The objectives of this training are to assist service providers and caregivers develop a better understanding of FASD and alcohol use during pregnancy. Through reflective learning approaches and hands on activities such as case studies, participants will gain a basic understanding of FASD; explore the context of alcohol use in Manitoba and begin to understand what life might be like for people who use alcohol during pregnancy; recognize that FASD prevention is everybody’s work; understand and practice successful approaches when supporting people with FASD; learn from an expert, a person with FASD.
National FASD Awareness Month
City of Portage la Prairie Press Release
Portage la Prairie Manitoba has issued a press release designating September 9th as FASD Awareness Day!
The Portage la Prairie FASD Coalition encourages everyone to join in the celebrations during the month of September: Put your Red Shoes on! – wear your red shoes all month to raise awareness of FASD; Join the Coalition for an FASD Fun Festival on September 5th. Enjoy food, a bouncy castle, games and a chance to win some great prizes. For full details, see the press release/FASD Awareness Day Announcement.
Winnipeg FASD Coalition Celebrates National FASD Awareness Day!
The Winnipeg FASD Coalition will be celebration FASD Awareness Day on September 12th with a come and go event at Luxton Community Centre. Join them for some fun, food and door prizes! See the poster for details.
Interlake FASD Coalition FASD Awareness Day Event
In recognition of National FASD Awareness Day, the Interlake FASD Coalition will be hosting an event on September 8th in Selkirk Manitoba. See the poster for full details.
The Winnipeg FASD Coalition will be hosting a winter family fun day on March 1st at David Livingston School. For more information see the poster.
Looking After Each Other Virtual Blanket Exercise
As part of the 2023 Looking After Each Other virtual program, we are offering a virtual Blanket Exercise on February 10th. This is a very powerful exercise that you will find interesting and enlightening. For full details of the event please view the poster. Please note that seating is limited for this event so plan to register early.
The Looking After Each Other (LAEO) project seeks to promote dignity for people impacted by FASD. Since 2016, LAEO has held annual Elders’ gatherings to build relationships and share knowledge between FASD service providers and Indigenous Elders and we are pleased to offer the second Gathering of our 2022-23 virtual series, which takes place on January 24, 2023 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Plan to join us to listen to Wayne Mason Sr., of Wa-Say Healing Centre, as he shares information about the services his team provides to the Winnipeg Community. Learn about the emotional and cultural support services available at Wa-Say Healing Centre and other Indian Residential Health Support Services across Manitoba.
Looking After Each Other Virtual 2022 Gathering
The Looking After Each Other (LAEO) project seeks to promote dignity for people impacted by FASD. Since 2016, LAEO has held annual Elders’ gatherings to build relationships and share knowledge between FASD service providers and Indigenous Elders and we are pleased to once again offer a virtual Gathering on November 15th, 2022 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Plan to join us and listen to Elders/Grandmothers Debbie Huntinghawk and Debra Tacan as they share ways that the Brandon Friendship Centre is walking alongside people impacted by the Sixties Scoop. For more information view the Gathering poster.
Workshop – Approaches to Working with Adolescents with FASD
Parenting is hard. Parenting a teen with FASD? Even harder. It is important to understand that adolescents with FASD are just like other teens, struggling with many of the same issues, social complexities, challenges and hormones. Join us June 3rd to hear presenters Shannon Foster and Robyn Sugden, who will share their knowledge and expertise on this very important topic. For full details and registration information, please view the poster.
Interlake Sexual Exploitation Educators (ISEE)
ISEE will be hosting a FREE virtual presentation April 13th, during Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week. This presentation will explore the various ways that children & teens can be exploited virtually. For full details of the event, please see the poster.
Building Circles of Support
The Manitoba FASD Centre is offering the Building Circles of Support educational series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). You will find more information and the session schedule here.
Looking After Each Other Annual 2021 Gathering (Virtual)
The Looking After Each Other (LAEO) project seeks to promote dignity for people impacted by FASD. Since 2016, LAEO has held annual Elders’ gatherings to build relationships and share knowledge between FASD service providers and Indigenous Elders and we are please to once again offer a virtual Gathering on November 17th, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Plan to join us and listen to a panel of Elders share their wisdom and experience on ways to have conversations with children, youth and adults about the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools Unmarked Burial Site Discoveries. For more information view the Gathering poster.
Building Circles of Support
The Manitoba FASD Centre is once again offering the Building Circles of Support educational series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). You will find more information and the session schedule here.
FREE VIRTUAL WEBINAR FASD: A Whole Body Diagnosis on September 27th with Myles Himmelreich!
Understanding that FASD is a whole-body diagnosis can dramatically improve an individual’s quality of life and life expectancy. Myles and a group of FASD experts will dive into the importance of physical body health. He will speak about his lived experience and the newest research findings showing the correlation of physical health impacts due to prenatal alcohol exposure.
The Manitoba FASD Coalition and Miikana Pimatiziwin, Life’s Journey will be offering a free 4 session virtual mini-series on cultural teachings using the Four Cardinal Directions – Circle of Life – Medicine Wheel Philosophy. The sessions will be held via Zoom January 13th, February 3rd, February 24th and March 17th, 2021. For details and registration information, please see the poster.
LAEO Virtual Gathering Session 3
Join us for the third in our series of Looking After Each Other Virtual Gatherings, which will take place on Wednesday, November 18th from 1 – 3 p.m. This Gathering will feature Elder(s) Gordon Walker and Robert Maytwayashing who will be speaking on the Significance of the Sweatlodge Ceremony. For registration details please see the poster.
LAEO Virtual Gathering Session 2
Join us for the second in a series of Looking After Each Other Virtual Gatherings, which will take place on Wednesday, October 21st from 1 – 3 p.m. This Gathering will feature Elder Katherine Whitecloud and Dr. Dave Courchene who will be speaking on The Rites of Passage. For registration details please see the poster.
Building Circles of Support
The Manitoba FASD Centre is pleased to once again offer the Educational Series, Building Circles of Support, in person at the SSCY Centre in Winnipeg. For more information please see the poster.
2020 Annual Looking After Each Other Gathering
The Manitoba FASD Coalition is pleased to announce that we will be hosting three virtual Gatherings September 30th, October 21st and November 18th. The events will focus on healthy families and will feature Elders presenting on a number of different topics over the course of these events. For more information please click here.
The Manitoba FASD Coalition Annual General Meeting
The 2020 MFCI Annual General Meeting will take place virtually using the Zoom platform on Monday, September 28th at 9 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend. To view the AGM Agenda please click here.
Life’s Journey Inc. is Celebrating FASD Awareness Day 2020 September 9th, Winnipeg
Life’s Journey Inc. is pleased to share their reflections on Honouring Dignity through various art installations in several locations across Manitoba. The displays will be unveiled September 9th in recognition of FASD Awareness Day. For display locations please view the poster here.
What Coaches and Recreation Organizations Need to Know About FASD September 9th, Steinbach
Hosted by The Southeast FASD Coalition in recognition of International FASD Awareness Day on September 9th!
The Southeast FASD Coalition is hosting two Lunch and Learn sessions specifically for leaders in recreation and leisure programs for children – the first is being held September 9th and the second October 7th. Check out the poster for full registration details!
When Like Turns To Need: Social Media Use & the Brain in Adolescence September 9th, Selkirk and web conference
The Interlake FASD Coalition is hosting a FREE presentation on September 9th in recognition of International FASD Awareness Day!
Register NOW for When Like Turns To Need: Social Media Use & the Brain in Adolescence on September 9th! Featuring a presentation by Julie Walsh and hosted by the Interlake FASD Coalition, this presentation is FREE and being hosted in person (with appropriate physical distancing and PPE recommendations in place) OR via Zoom! Check out the information on the poster for registration!
Virtual ‘Being With’ Gatherings are being offered to Caregivers of Children with FASD
o Session 1: Thursday May 7, 2020 from 7pm – 8pm (Central time)
o Session 2: Thursday May 21, 2020 from 7pm – 8pm (Central time)
o You may register for only one session or both
As a parent of a child with FASD myself, I often long to make connections with others who have that inner knowing of what life is like when an FASD diagnosis is part of daily living.
Very similar to a ‘sharing circle’ or ‘holding space’, our ‘being with’ gathering is about being fully present and authentic with each other. We will have the opportunity to talk about our situations, frustrations, joys, disappointments, and successes without judgement or expectations. Through this sharing exercise, we can purge our emotions in a safe and understanding environment and rejuvenate our well-being.
– Lisa Balcaen, caregiver
Format: Maximum of 10 people; one person at a time will take turns speaking; NO pressure – participants are welcome to choose to only listen; there are no right or wrong ways to express yourself
Who: Caregivers of children with FASD (any age, including adult children)
Where: Virtual on Zoom (I will send you a link once you have registered)
Cost: Free (during COVID social distancing protocols)
Please indicate: Session #, Name of participants, ages of children in your care, and confirm the email address you would like the Zoom link sent to
NOTE: The ‘being with’ group is not intended as a space for advice or sharing strategies, rather, for supporting the psychological warfare associated with living in a family with FASD. If FASD education, resource, or strategy support is what you are looking for, please schedule a one to one consulting appointment with me and we can work together through your specific goals. (consulting fees are $75 per hour; however, if this doesn’t fit your budget, please talk with me about what might work better for you at this time. Only virtual services or social distancing outdoor in person in Lorette, MB are currently available.)
Also NOTE: The views and opinions expressed within the caregiver session are those of the attendees and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Manitoba FASD Coalition Inc.
The FASD Family Network Care Provider Appreciation Event
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: David Livingstone School (270 Flora Ave)
This event is for families and will include drumming with Elder Debbie Cielen, a magic show with Ryan Price, pizza, activities, and a prize draw! To sign up, please contact: Nicky Adriano, 204-945-3830, Nikolai.Adriano@gov.mb.ca
The Saskatchewan FASD Network is pleased to announce the fourth annual “FASD Sessions”