|Indigenous People :: Interventions
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.)