The Government of Yukon and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Interagency Advisory Committee are releasing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Action Plan for Yukon on World FASD Awareness Day.
The Yukon FASD Action Plan is a response to the need for a coordinated approach to address the issue of FASD in Yukon. The plan identifies key priority actions that build on existing programs and services and work together to create better outcomes for citizens with FASD, as well as improve outcomes for families and communities throughout Yukon.
Find a copy of the plan online at the following link: https://yukon.ca/en/yukon-fasd-action-plan-2019
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Action Plan is part of our commitment to support healthy pregnancies, and to work across departments and collaboratively with our community partners to harmonize supports for persons with FASD. I would like to thank the members of the FASD Interagency Advisory Committee for their dedication and commitment to the development of the plan, and particularly for the role that persons with FASD and their parents and care providers have played in shaping the plan and our collective actions.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
It is important that we continue to work together to support women to have healthy pregnancies and to improve the lives of those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Yukon. We engaged with Yukon First Nations and partners to ensure Yukon’s FASD Action Plan reflects the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action that speak to addressing and preventing FASD, and working with the justice system to better address the needs of offenders with FASD.
Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee
The action plan identifies seven priority areas, each of equal importance, on which to focus resources in order to achieve the plan’s vision.
The priority areas are supports for people with FASD; support for families and caregivers; awareness; prevention; assessment and diagnosis; knowledge exchange and mentoring; and research and evaluation.
The FASD Action Plan is informed by community engagement that began in May 2017 and lasted 10 months. Input was received from nine communities across Yukon.
International FASD Awareness Day is observed every year on September 9. The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon and the FASD Interagency Advisory Committee are co-hosting an FASD awareness barbecue and celebration today at Shipyards Park in Whitehorse from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.