The 11th Annual FASD Awareness Day event was held at the Howard Buffalo Memorial Canter on September 11, 2014. The FASD coordinator in Samson, Annette Cutknife, plays an active role in raising awareness for FASD.
The event consisted of a walk through Samson Cree Nation followed by guest speakers and an FASD Network presentation. A panel for discussions was held in the afternoon followed by a banquet in the evening.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a range of disorders caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The umbrella term FASD includes fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS) and
Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND). Prenatal exposure to alcohol often damages the developing brain cells. The damage caused by prenatal alcohol consumption manifests itself in many ways. No amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy is safe for the fetus.
For more information on FASD visit Annette Cutknife at the Howard Buffalo Memorial Center or you can contact her at (780) 585-2254.