Community Stories

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  • April 30 2010
    Here was a mystery. Why, when Cree Public Health was encouraging people to inoculate themselves against the H1N1 virus, did one community have a vaccination rate that lagged far behind the other eight? The answer, it turns out, was that the local radio station was off the air. And as soon as the... Read More
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    April 25 2010
    “An elder taught me a lesson once,” recalls Irene Otter. “She said, ‘Throughout your life you are putting things in your packsack, and it can sometimes get too heavy. You have to take out what you don’t need, and only carry things that will help you along your journey.’” This personal lesson... Read More
  • April 23 2010
    Workers in Eeyou Istchee have some of the toughest jobs in Canada. Remote job sites, shift work, heavy equipment, and brutal weather conditions – nothing is too extreme for the Cree worker, male or female. The Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec (CSST) is the worker’s... Read More
  • April 22 2010
    In March 2010, the Voyageur Memorial School in Mistissini organized a very successful event called the Family Challenge. Parents and families of the students were invited to join students and teachers in a week-long program of outdoor fun. Activities included sliding, snowshoeing, tug of war and... Read More
  • Noreen Willows
    March 04 2010
    How’s this for a reality check? Based on the results from two communities, two out of every three children in Eeyou Istchee are overweight or obese. Most of them are out of shape, and many children don’t like the way they look. These facts come as no surprise to those who live and work in the... Read More
  • March 04 2010
    Between 400 and 500 children are born each year in the Cree communities, and close to 80% of these children will be breastfed, according to Cree Health estimates. Research over the years has demonstrated breastfeeding’s numerous physiological and psychological short- and long-term benefits, for... Read More
  • February 28 2010
    Over 5,000 meals and 10,000 snacks are served each week by the sixteen daycares of Eeyou Istchee’s nine communities. That’s enough to feed 1200 children, who need meals that are safe, nutritious, and, of course, tasty. Since 2007, Cree Health Board nutritionist Lilian Kandiliotis has been devising... Read More
  • February 25 2010
    Stay positive, attend to emotional issues, and dig in for the long term: success at engaging patients with diabetes depends on these three key strategies. That was the message delivered by Rose Iserhoff, CHR from Chiasasibi, to doctors gathered in Montreal on February 12. Iserhoff’s presentation “... Read More
  • February 24 2010
    “There are two kinds of risk factors for heart disease: those you cannot change, and those you can,” says Dr. David Dannenbaum, a Cree Public Health physician specializing in diabetes and other chronic diseases. Into the first group fall genetic risks: if you are born to a family that has a history... Read More
  • February 01 2010
    Aboriginal people are more likely to have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which puts the Cree at an even greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population. As heart disease and stroke is the leading cause of death in our country, it’s important to understand how you... Read More