New Brunswick Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Centre of Excellence shares its knowledge with international experts

Moncton – May 16, 2019 – Vitalité Health Network wishes to congratulate the New Brunswick Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Centre of Excellence for its participation in two major international events where it presented its unique holistic care model, dubbed “Dreamcatcher.” 

The Dreamcatcher model was shared with FASD experts at the 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, held in Vancouver from March 6 to 9, 2019, and at the 8th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, held in Calgary from March 22 to 24, 2019.

In partnership with First Nations elders, the centre designed a unique frontline health service delivery model (based on health determinants unique to First Nations). This model is culturally appropriate, safe and promotes the well-being of First Nations individuals living with FASD, families and communities while respecting their culture and values. The Centre had to decolonize its usual practices by merging traditional Western medicine with First Nations’ science. This reflects the reconciliation and peace-restoring process with First Nations. This model also reflects the mandate and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

The Dreamcatcher model was approved and supported by all 15 of the province’s First Nations. It is a shared responsibility to help promote interdependence and ensure that clients with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and their families have a strong and safe base foundation. The development of this unique model enabled the implementation of a new approach to improve practices not only with New Brunswick’s Aboriginal communities but also with the entire New Brunswick population.

To learn more about the Dream Catcher Model, watch the following video :