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F19-E - Planning for Change, Facilitator Guide: Workshop for First Nations Women about FASD Prevention and Skills for Change – Booklet

Best Start Resource Centre, 2016

This resource was developed to guide facilitators in planning and presenting a workshop about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention and skills for change for First Nations women.

Available in PDF.

A28-E - Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre with the support from the LCBO, 2013

This handout is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

A28-F - La consommation d'alcool et l'allaitement - feuillet

Centre de ressources Meilleur départ et le soutien de la LCBO, 2013

Ce feuillet imprimable est pour les mères et leurs partenaires afin de les aider à faire un choix éclairé en matière de consommation d’alcool lors de l’allaitement.

Disponible en format PDF en français, anglais, arabe, chinois (simplifié), cri, espagnol, hindi, ojibwé, ourdou, punjabi, tagalog et tamoul.

E39-E - Pimotisiwin - A Good Path for Pregnant and Parenting Aboriginal Teens - Report

Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This report will help service providers in supporting Aboriginal teens who are pregnant and parenting, as well as their children. To provide continuity, the resource also includes brief information about preventing teen pregnancies. The information will assist in strengthening programs and services in a culturally appropriate manner.

Available in PDF.

J15-E - Open Hearts, Open Minds - Services that are Inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Families - Report

Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This report shares how, with an open heart and open mind, service providers can positively influence the inclusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit families in services. The report provides key concepts and approaches for being inclusive. An overview of Canada's history gives a cursory background as to why Aboriginal People have been excluded and marginalized from services. The report shares insights on inclusive strategies, policies, hiring practices, attitudes, spaces and relationships. Cultural context and cultural safety are also discussed.

Available in PDF.

N08-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Evaluation Form - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This handout is to be used after your parent workshops on smoke-free homes, using the video Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children.

Available in PDF.

N09-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This parent handout about smoke-free homes supports your parent workshops on smoke-free homes using the video Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children. The fact sheet includes information about cultural use of sacred tobacco, recreational use of commercial tobacco, second and third hand smoke, and smoke-free homes.

Available in PDF.

N10-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Flyer

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This flyer promotes your parent workshops on smoke-free homes, using the video Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children.

Available in PDF.

A27-E - Be Safe - Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy - Handout

Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2012

This handout provides information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Available in PDF English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

A27-F - Ne prenez aucun risques - évitez l'alcool pendant votre grosesse - feuillet

Centre de ressources Meilleur départ et le soutien de la LCBO, 2012

Ce feuillet imprimable fournit des renseignements et des conseils sur l’alcool et la grossesse pour les parents attendant un bébé.

Disponible en format PDF en : français, anglais, arabe, cree, ojibwayhindi, punjabitamoul, ourdou, chinois simplifié, espagnol, et tagolog


H05-E - You and Your Baby... - Handout

Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario with the support of Best Start Resource Centre, 2008

This handout provides information on abuse and pregnancy in multiple languages.

Available in PDF in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Cree – N Dialect, Punjabi, Severn Ojibwe, Somali and Spanish.

H05-F - Vous et votre bébé - feuillet

Le Programme de partenariat périnatal de l'est et du sud-est de l'Ontario avec le soutien du Centre de ressources Meilleur départ, 2008

Ce feuillet fournit des informations sur la violence et la grossesse en plusieurs langues.

Disponible en format PDF en français, anglais, arabe, chinois (simplifié), chinois (traditionnel), cri– dialecte en -n-, espagnol, oji-cri, punjabi et somali.

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N05-A - Aboriginal Smoke-Free Home - Sticker

Price:$0.10 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This re-positional sticker is designed to be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.

Size: 6.4cm X 8cm or 2.5" X 3.2"
Available in print and PDF.

Centre de ressources Meilleur départ, 2012

Cet autocollant est conçu pour être appliqué sur une porte ou une fenêtre pour indiquer que l'environnement est sans fumée.

Grandeur: 6.4 cm X 8 cm ou 2.5 " X 3.2 "
Disponible en format imprimé et PDF.

N02-A - Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children - Strategies to promote Smoke-free Homes for Aboriginal Families - DVD

Price:$15.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This 14 minute video with accompanying facilitator guide is for Aboriginal parents and caregivers. It offers real stories from Aboriginal families who have smoke-free homes. These people talk about the approaches that worked for them. The purpose of the video is to:

  • Discuss the impact of second-hand smoke on young families
  • Understand the difference between sacred use of traditional tobacco and recreational use of commercial tobacco
  • Share strategies to reduce the impact of recreational use of tobacco on children

  • Download the facilitator guide.
    Available in DVD and YouTube or Vimeo.

E33-A - Beginning Journey - First Nations Pregnancy Resource - Book

Price:$4.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre with support from Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Ontario Region, 2013

This prenatal book will help First Nations women to prepare for pregnancy, have a healthy pregnancy and welcome a new life into their family. It shares cultural knowledge from Elders, community members, and First Nations caregivers. It also provides medical information.

Available in print and PDF.

E32-A - Prescription Drug Misuse in Pregnancy and Parenting - Report

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre with support from Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Ontario Region, 2013

This report was developed to provide service providers with information about strategies that can be used to prevent and address prescription drug misuse in First Nations women who are pregnant or parenting young children. Strategies include individual supports and community-wide approaches. Program examples highlight approaches that have been used in addressing prescription drug misuse.

Available in print and PDF.

E31-A - The Sacred Journey from Preconception to Parenting for First Nations Families in Ontario - Manual

Price:$7.00 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This manual was developed to help service providers who work with First Nations families understand some of the traditional teachings, barriers to practice and challenges facing First Nations people. The information can be used to ensure that evidenced-based practice is sensitive to cultural needs and practices.

Available in print and PDF.

D13-A - Folic Acid - Poster

Price:$0.50 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, with support from Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health, Ontario Region, 2010

This poster includes key information about folic acid.

Size: 30cm X 46cm or 12" X 18"
Available in print and PDF.

B05-A - Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation - Booklet

Price:$1.25 Quantity:

Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

This booklet was created to support Aboriginal women with the art of breastfeeding. The Medicine Wheel is used to symbolize the balance needed to support breastfeeding women.

Available in print in English.
Available in PDF in English, Cree and Ojibway.

A20-A - Pregnancy and Alcohol - Brochure

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Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2012

This brochure is a resource for an Aboriginal population that provides information on alcohol and pregnancy. Topics include: the effects of drinking, traditional teachings about pregnancy and where to get help in Ontario.

Available in print and PDF.

Links and resources

Preconception and Prenatal

Resource in Ojicree