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Whapmagoostui youth awarded 2017 Peter Henderson Bryce Award for Children and Youth advocating for the Health and Well-Being of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Children and Youth.

May 12, 2017
Irene Chu

Listen to an interview with Irene Chu, CBHSSJB nurse counsellor, about the Save Your Head helmet project in Whapmagoostui.

A few years ago, a teen from Whapmagoostui suffered a severe facial injury while driving an ATV. She was not wearing a helmet. She still needs surgeries to help her fully recover from the accident.

One year ago the school children of Whapmagoostui started working to promote wearing helmets while traveling on a skidoo or ATV. They developed a video to encourage people to wear helmets and designed a coloring book to encourage the younger generations to understand the need of helmets. Through raffles and various other activities, they raised funds and met with local leaders.

The end results are that every school aged child has a helmet. Whapmagoostui band council is endorsing this initiative and has decided to enforce by-laws to support the wearing of helmets.

Related links:

Keep your head!: preventing traumatic brain injuries in Eeyou Istchee

Save Smarts! Wear Your Helmet! - video campaign created by the students of Badabin Eeyou School in Great Whale River, Quebec (YouTube)

Keep Your Head website