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Resource material Yours for the asking


Cheryl Petten, Windspeaker Staff Writer, OTTAWA








From coloring books discouraging children from sniffing solvents to videos geared to the prevention of suicide and drug and alcohol addictions, the number of resources available to First Nations and Inuit communities to help combat social programs is staggering.

Reference materials available through First Nations and Inuit Health Programs (FNIHP) are distributed through a clearing house established in 1991 to help get the information out.

The budget for the clearing house in 1998-99 was $120,000, which covers distribution and reproduction or reprinting, but not production.

Debra Gillis is director of Health Programs Support with First Nations and Inuit Health within Health Canada.

?The solvent abuse and addictions material is really heavily used across Canada. And, in fact, makes up almost 50 per cent of all the material we send out in a year,? Gillis said.

?The material is being used in a variety of different ways by NNADAP (National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program) workers on reserve. . . community health nurses on reserve, community health representatives on reserve, maybe used by NNADAP alcohol and addictions and treatment centres. There?s a wide variety of people who use the material, and they will use it in conjunction with different programs that they are running,? Gillis said.

This is just a small sampling of what resources are available from this single source:



The Circle Moving?Native communities across Canada show how they conquered alcohol and drug abuse. 1990.

A New Dawn?Native men and women speak up for women?s special concerns about alcohol and drug abuse. 1983.

The Only Gift?Native women have the power to change attitudes towards drug and alcohol abuse in their communities and guide their children towards addiction-free life. 1990.

Where We?ve Been, Where We?re Going?An introduction to the causes of drug and alcohol addiction as Native men and women talk about their experiences, traditional values and the role Native traditional values can play in overcoming additions. 1983.

Caravan for Youth?A team of Native facilitators show how they started youth programs for the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse on reserves in Ontario and Saskatchewan. 1984.

Honour of All?Part I?The future of Alkali Lake, B.C.?the community?s struggle for sobriety. 1990.

Honour of All?Part II?The future of Alkali Lake. 1990.

Family Secrets?Depicts the roles that family members play as a result of having an alcoholic in their midst. 1986.

Pills, One Too Many? Making Choices for the Future?Prescription drug abuse in First Nations communities. 1998.

Solvent Abuse

Inhalant Abuse?Depicts young abusers, as well as clinical demonstrations and comments by professionals on the effects of inhalants. Not be shown to potential abusers. 1987.

Hit For Mike?Members of the community get involved with helping Mike, a 13 year old ?sniffer? overcome his addiction problem. With handbook. 1985.

Up Your Nose?Native teenagers go on a sniffing spree which ends in tragedy. 1990.

79 Cent High?A Native couple learns how to recognize the signs of sniffing in their children and what to do about it. 1990.

How We Stopped Sniffing?Native children experience the negative aspects of glue sniffing. 1990.

Solvent Abuse?A Matter of Life and Death ?Deals with solvent abuse north of 60 degrees. Contains interviews with abusers and parents whose children have died from sniffing. 1988.

Sniff ?n? Huff?A rock video intended to act as a deterrent to youth considering ?sniffing?. 1989.

Spirit of the Forest?An animated video on solvent abuse with resource book. 1991.

Sniffing Stinks?A video in which Native youth speak on their experience with solvent abuse with resource book. 1991.


Healing Journey?A teenage suicide prevention video with a facilitators guide. 1995.

Suicide Prevention?Presentation from the Aboriginal Nurses Association?s First National Teahing Conference ?Keeping Our Children Safe.? 1997.



Seeking New Directions?Phase One: Level of services currently available to youth. Phase Two: Level of services in which planning and development through community participation could take place to enhance youth prevention and rehabilitation service.

Therapeutic Recreation and Physical Development?Counsellors? Manual?Demonstrates that recreation and physical development are integral components to the total recovery of alcoholics. September, 1987.

Strength of the Spirit: A Community Effort in the Treatment and Prevention of Drug Abuse ?Final report of a 1993/94 community-based research project in Alberta.

Research on Native Adolescents and Substance Abuse?A product of The Next Generation Native Adolescent Substance Abuse Project developed by the Round Lake Treatment Centre.

Preparing for the Future?Abegweit Band Research Project ?Project objective is to help young people break the cycle of minimal education and job training which leads to boredom and idleness, which leads to alcohol and drug abuse.

Overview?The Four Worlds Development Project?Conference dedicated to the goal of eliminating alcohol and drug abuse. Faculty of Education, The University of Lethbridge.

Wholistic Educational Evaluation for Community Transformation?A Preventive Approach?The connection between wholistic education evaluation and alcohol and drug abuse.

Your Sobriety! Our Future!?A Spiritual Model of Recovery - A two part manual which has been prepared to assist nNative and Inuit alcohol and drug rehabilitation staff in helping our people find a new way of life.

Using Measuring Tests in NNADAP Treatment and Prevention Programs?Covers screening tests, clinical inventories, self-confidence measures, client feedback instruments, and follow-up and aftercare.

NNADAP & NYSAP Treatment Centre Directory?List of all National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and National Youth Solvent Ause Program centres. 1999.

Resource Manual for Prevention Workers in First Nations Communities?Prevention guide based on the Prevention Framework. May, 1995.

Futuristic Addictions Develop Futuristic Addictions Treatment and Health Approaches?True documentation on two Indian bands that decided their communities could become sober.

O?Chiese Information Package Guidelines for Community?The story of a community?s commitment to society.

The Effectiveness of Native Halfway Houses in the Treatment of Alcohol Abuse?Information, knowledge and experience from Native halfway houses in the United States which can be applied throughout Canada.

Follow-Up and Aftercare Manual?Follow-up and aftercare are newly emerging terms in the field of alcoholism. The ingredients to create a useful, practical follow-up and after-care program are included in this manual. September 1991.

Prevention Framework?Examines the needed elements to run a good prevention program.

Indigenous Canadians: Substance Use Profile 1995?Highlights of what is known about abuse in the Indigenous community and the differences between Indians on and off reserve, Metis and Inuit communities.

Morbidity and Mortality Related to Alcohol, Tobacco and Illicit Drug Use Among Indigenous People in Canada?Study contains information on the relative risk of disease associated with different levels of consumption combined with prevalence data from national surveys.

Aboriginal Substance Use?Research Issues ?Proceedings of a Joint Research Advisory Meeting of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program.

Prescription Drug Misuse Package?A community guide for mobilizing action on prescription drug abuse?training programs?guidelines and directory of treatment centres.

Treatment Outcome Measures and Data Collection Methods for First Nations and Inuit Substance Abuse Programs ?Final project report . 1999.

Needs Assessment for a National First and Inut Registry of Substance Abuse Services?Final Report of the National Advisory Group. 1999.

Solvent Abuse

Solvent Use/Abuse Among the Canadian Registered Canadian Indian and Inuit Population?An Overview Paper?Provides a summary of information regarding issues and concerns of solvent use/abuse among Canadian registered Indian and Inuit populations.

Self Evaluation: Its Relationship to Substance Use in Native Adolescents?A thesis to determine prevention strategies that could reduce abuse, related health problems, and violent deaths amongst young Native people.

Peace River Area School Project?Guide for Teachers?Curriculum outlines for kindergarten to high school about solvent abuse.

Handbook on Solvent Abuse?Provides an overview of solvent and aerosol abuse, and offers some suggestions for dealing with the problem.

Factsheet?Questions and Answers About Solvents?A demonstration aid for professionals and para-professionals in the health and education field.

The Story of John Otter?Coloring book dealing with youth and sniffing.

The Truth Heals?Notes from a national consultation with youth and service providers on Aboriginal (off-reserve) solvent abuse.

Thompson Anti-Sniff Information Package?Information on solvents for teachers and caregivers.

Solvent Abuse ?Ann and Bill?Coloring book to inform young people about the danger of sniffing gas.

First Nations and Inuit Community Youth Solvent Abuse Survey and Study?A perspective on the treatment of solvent abuse among First Nations and Inuit youth.

Your Community! Our Future!?A resource kit on solvent abuse to help community workers plan and implement solvent abuse prevention programs.

Solvent Abuse Treatment Outcome Evaluation Study? Independant overview of the effectiveness of treatment programs by Medical Services Branch, Health Canada.

The Next Generation Solvent Abuse Community Intervention and Resource Project?A demonstration project to test a community-based solvent abuse interve