Article: Our Children Are Sacred
New Mobile App: Our Children Are Sacred
In order to reduce rates of FASD in Indigenous communities and support families impacted, Proof Alliance has created Our Children Are Sacred. Our Children Are Sacred is programming designed by and for Native Americans in order to share traditional teachings, public health information, and resources to support individuals, families and communities.
While fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are an issue across the nation, we recognize its impact is often more devastating in communities of Black, Indigenous and people of color, given historical trauma, systemic racism and the results of unaddressed health issues.
In cooperation with KAT Marketing and the Casey Family Foundation Indian Child Welfare Program, Proof Alliance is communicating the risks of drinking during pregnancy to tribal communities across the country. Guided by our co-creation team, we are providing FASD educational information using various communication outlets/platforms, reaching tribes in Minnesota and beyond via the Good Health TV network and a customized Native Reach app.
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We also offer FASD information via virtual trainings including a 3-part webinar series about FASD in Indian Country. Please see the links to each recorded session below:
- Part One: FASD in Indian Country
- Part Two: Continuing the Discussion
- Part Three: The Medicine Wheel Approach to FASD
If you would like to learn more about Our Children Are Sacred, please contact Sarah.Brown@proofalliance.org.
Proof Alliance has a long history of distributing grants to organizations and communities across the state. One of the grant programs we’re currently funding are Native American Community Grants amongst 4 grantees. Grantees are responsible for creating and implementing programming that focuses on culturally specific FASD prevention or support efforts. The current grant recipients are:
Download Our App!
The Our Children Are Sacred app is designed to support Native American families, helping them to remain healthy and deeply connected to their tribal ways. All of the content on the app, including videos, songs, imagery and written word, is created through the invaluable insight and guidance of our co-creation team and Indigenous content creators from all over the country who are passionate about supporting and empowering their communities.
App content covers topics like the basics of FASD, FASD in Indigenous communities, traditional teachings, trauma and its impact on mental health and cultural support available to families. There’s an entire content section called Returning to Culture that includes traditional teaching from Elders, self-care practices, songs and stories, encouraging words and phrases in different Indigenous languages, and information about ceremonies and other traditional practices.