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FASD and the TRC: A Framework for Action and Practical Strategies

  • April 25, 2019 1 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Online

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In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action as they relate to the ongoing impacts of residential schools in Canada. There were 17 items listed in the area of justice reform including TRC Call to Action #34 that focused on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) within the Criminal Justice System. To assist with bringing about much needed change in the courts, Dr. Michelle Stewart’s research team released a Framework for Action to assist in justice reform. Included in the Framework for Action was the need to offer enhanced training and supports to frontline justice professionals who are working with people that have complex and challenging needs in the court.

FASD and the TRC: A Framework for Action and Practical Strategies

This session will include an overview of FASD and how it presents particular challenges in the justice system;  summary and overview of the TRC and how it took up not only justice reform, but FASD specifically. This background information will then be coupled with an overview of the Framework for Action that will include practical strategies to better support individuals in the community alongside some of their specialized needs in the courtroom.

The goal is for participants to exit the session with a better understanding of:

 how the disability can present itself in the justice system

 strategies associated to assisting clients with FASD

 broader contexts at play when individuals with this disability are involved in the courts – whether that be

family, civil, or criminal matters.

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor and Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina. She holds multiple appointments on research teams including being the Strategic Research Lead for Justice Interventions with Canada FASD Research Network, as well as the Saskatchewan Population Health Research and Evaluation Unit. Michelle is an applied political anthropologist with research focused on cognitive disabilities, mental health, and inequalities as they present in the criminal justice system.

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