During 2005, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada joined in partnership with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada to conduct a study to better understand FASD services and non-academic FASD training in First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada. Our study was designed to capture an overall understanding of the kinds of FASD services available in First Nations and Inuit communities and, the extent of FASD training opportunities available to First Nations and Inuit service providers and community members. While a growing body of research and promising practice materials have begun to address the complex FASD matters impacting First Nations and Inuit peoples across Canada, our joint effort to map training opportunities is part of a relatively uncharted territory. We hope to contribute to the growing body of practical knowledge and research in this area in three principal ways:
-By mapping the kinds of FASD services and training opportunities for First Nations and Inuit service providers and communities members across Canada.
-By reporting on the process of our study and highlighting our findings about the kinds of FASD services and FASD training opportunities in First Nations and Inuit communities.
-By formulating recommendations that will provide understandings and insights into why the sustainable development of FASD services and training opportunities must take a priority place in health funding for First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.