- If you are drinking follow Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
- Exposure to alcohol before birth can cause FASD.
- Alcohol can affect every pregnancy.
- It is safest not to drink alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Use birth control if you are not trying to get prenant
It is normal to feel this way. When we feel stressed or anxious, we might turn to alcohol to make us feel better. However, using alcohol or other substances is not healthy for your body, your mind, or your pregnancy. Alcohol can actually make us feel more anxious and depressed and can a!ect our physical health.
Exposure to alcohol before birth can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is a lifelong disability that a!ects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many di!erent parts of their daily lives.
Being active, talking to friends, eating well, getting lots of sleep, and doing something you love are all healthy ways to cope with stress. If you find you are still struggling, connect with these organizations
Wellness Together Canada. Text: 686868 for youth or 741742 for adults
Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Hope for Wellness: Call 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat
Metis Settlements FASD Network is featured on page 12
This booklet is intended as a starting place for individuals, organizations, and communities who are interested in learning how they can be involved in supporting FASD prevention in Indigenous communities in ways that are respectful of history, culturally aligned and supportive of Indigenous self-determination and cultural resurgence.
The Métis Settlements FASD Network exists to enhance the capacity of our Communities to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and support those impacted by FASD through coordinated planning, collaboration, education, service delivery and advocacy.
The strategic direction and goals are influenced by the Provincial FASD Network core operating values in collaboration with the Métis way of life. Components to Métis way of life and other components that make us unique include but are not limited to the following:
The Metis Settlements General Council are the only Métis land-based government in Canada.
Our culture guides and shapes our partnerships. Respect, hard work, creativity, and commitment are the hallmarks of our present and future relationships. We are in a unique position to lead by example by building enriching partnerships that yield economic and social prosperity.
Métis Settlements FASD Network
Suite 101, 10335-172 Street
Edmonton, AB T5S 1K9