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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2003


Rebecca Martell, member of the National Advisory Committee on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to speak at Trent: November 27

Lecture "The Story of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome" open to the public

Trent University’s Institute for Health Studies, Native Studies department and Otonabee College will welcome Rebecca Martell, member of the National Advisory Committee on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada, to tell "The Story of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome" on November 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Native Studies Lounge, Otonabee College.

Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge. A reception is scheduled to follow the lecture.

Ms. Martell is a member of the Waterhen First Nation in Saskatchewan. Since 1985, she has done health-related community development work with dozens of First Nations communities and organizations in Canada and the United States. From 1981 - 85, she was the executive director of the Alberta Indian Health Care Commission and from 1974 - 79, she was assistant director of training at the Nechi Institute on Alcohol and Drug Education in Edmonton. Currently, Ms. Martel has lectured at the University of Alberta, the University of Wisconsin and previously at Trent University. She is an accomplished facilitator of culture-based training processes.

Good acts done for the love of children become stories, which are good for the ears of people from other bands; they become as coveted things, and are placed side by side with the stories of war achievements. (Assiniboine tradition) Stories told by people share their "essential heart." Through sharing their stories and their intimate knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), children and families become the "teachers" to communities and societies, providing guiding information that could lead the way in solving the deep, fundamental problems that create and are created by FAS. Children who are affected by FAS are of immense worth, for they have the greatest gift to give. Their silent message of their own life experience, is a gift of knowledge that moves us from a superficial level of understanding of the affect of alcohol on the unborn child, to a deeper appreciation from which to develop solutions to the fundamental global issues of FAS.


For further information on the event, please contact:

Vern Douglas, Department of Native Studies, 748-1011, ext. 1072

Dr. Deborah Kennett, Interim Director, Institute for Health Studies, 748-1011, ext. 1206

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