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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Keeping the Sacred in Tobacco an Indigenous Tobacco Cessation Strategy

Susana E. Deranger, BA, BEd, MEd, National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation, Box 183, S0J 3HO, Muskoday, SK SOJ 3H0, Canada

Objective: The objectives of workshop is to create awareness of one Indigenous Tobacco Cessation strategy and to equate this with cultural tobacco cessation work

There are high rates of tobacco use in Indigenous (First Nations) communities In Canada. To further compound this issue tobacco is sacred among many First Nations peoples. However, commercial tobacco use is becoming the number one killer in First Nations communities.

The National Native Partnership Foundation addressed this issue by developing a manual titled: Keeping The Sacred In Tobacco: A Toolkit for Tobacco Cessation. This manual was written and is delivered with a First Nations worldview.

It is important to share this strategy with people interested in Indigenous or cultural strategies for tobacco cessation. This will open doors for all peoples to share and strategize for their own communities as they recognize, evaluate, and apply methods for community capacity building in the area of tobacco cessation.


The workshop will give a description of developmental process of the toolkit. It will examine ways and means to develop strategies for communities through their own cultural needs. It will allow participants to think about and examine the process in which they can engage in processes such as the manual design, development, and delivery by the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation.

Results: There have been indications that the toolkit it is a strategy that works. Thus participants of this workshp will leave with a sense of what they can do within their own communities from a cultural context.