FASD Prevention Webinar Series
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. (CST)

FASD and the TRC: Context, Action, and Practical Strategies

This webinar will be delivered through a partnership between the University of Regina (Dr. Michelle Stewart) and the FASD Network of Saskatchewan (Andrea Kotlar-Livingston and Tanya Beauchamp).


To participate in the webinar, go to www.adobeconnect.com/fasdwebinar/.


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.


This session will start with a background on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and an overview of the Calls to Action focused on FASD—with a focus on #34. Following this background information, the presentation will turn attention to particular programs, practices, and strategies that that align with the Call to Action.

Following an interactive discussion with those involved with an active frontline program, the webinar will turn attention to a recently released Framework for Action that includes ways for organizations and practitioners to reconsider and redevelop their practical strategies to better support individuals in the community by understanding their specialized needs in our communities and courtrooms.

Webinar Presenters

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 racialized inequalities as they present in the criminal justice system.
Andrea Kotlar-Livingston is the Executive Director of the FASD Network of Saskatchewan. Her education includes a Bachelor of Social Work, Rehabilitation Worker Diploma, and Certificate in Harm Reduction. Andrea has worked in the community as an educational assistant, street outreach worker, and support worker. She has coordinated and managed other programs relating to families and supporting individuals with special needs such as cognitive, intellectual, and physical disabilities, as well as addictions. Andrea believes in “meeting people where they’re at” and providing support based on their needs, as directed by them.
Tanya Beauchamp is the Support Program Manager at the FASD Network of Saskatchewan. Tanya has a four-year bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology. Tanya has worked in the field of justice for over ten years. She is an experienced advocate and is passionate about human rights and Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

Past Webinars

A large number of the women who may be at risk of using alcohol or cannabis in pregnancy have experienced trauma in their lives. Often, children and adults with FASD have experienced or live with trauma. An understanding of trauma will help service providers enhance their support for people accessing their services. This webinar series provides information on trauma, strategies for working with people, and self-care.

  • October 10, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Introduction to Trauma

    Trauma is pervasive and common. In this webinar, you will learn about symptoms and physiology associated with trauma.

  • October 24, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Practical Strategies when Working with
    People who have been Traumatized

    In this webinar, you will learn about Trauma-Informed Protocol. There will be discussion on dealing with emotions related to trauma, communication, and setting healthy boundaries.

  • November 7, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Self-Care Related to Exposure and Working with
    People who have been Traumatized

    When working with people who have been traumatized, it is important to practise self-care. This can decrease the risk of experiencing secondary trauma.

Our presenter is Dr. Holly Graham. Dr. Graham is a member of the Thunderchild First Nation. She has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of northern communities, in addition to various other healthcare environments since 1985. Holly is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan. She maintains an active practice as a Registered Doctoral Psychologist, working primarily with individuals who have experienced trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Holly’s research is focused on Indigenous health, mental health, and well-being. Holly also worked in the FASD Prevention Program at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute before leaving to further her education.