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Education, prevention and intervention are critical for serving indigenous populations that are affected by FASD. The practical applications are similar to those of a general population, but the approach to education, prevention and intervention is different.

The approach and its implementation are driven by cultural considerations:

  • Indigenous knowledge, both traditional and contemporary, can complement Western science in developing strategies to improve health.
  • The entire community is responsible for the next seven generations.
  • A “living document” (a flexible blueprint instead of strict guides) with a holistic approach is key.
  • Mentoring is important.
  • Territorial elders carry more weight with local communities than governmental authorities do.
  • Elder approval, support and communication help ensure a program’s success. This touches on many areas, including
    • working with indigenous health care professionals;
    • incorporating community and tribal elder input; and
    • honoring cultural attitudes toward hospitalization, nursing homes, and family responsibilities. (For example, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 seeks to keep Native American children with Native American families.)
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