Foster Family Coalition hopes to raise FASD awareness with picnic

The Foster Family Coalition of the NWT hosted a community picnic to raise awareness for FASD. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB).

Learning about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the easiest way to support someone living with it.

That’s according to Korry Garvey of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT.

September 9 is FASD Awareness Day and the coalition hosted a public barbecue in Somba K’e park in Yellowknife to raise awareness. Nearly 50 people showed up to take in some sun and music.

Garvey says another important way to prevent FASD is to not shame mothers who are drinking when pregnant, and to offer to do activities with them that don’t involve alcohol.

She added that any women who would like some help can contact the coalition or the NWT help line, at 1-800-661-0844.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to