Environmental Health

Program objectives

This program aims to prevent or reduce physical or mental health problems linked to the environment.

Why this program?

People can get sick or stressed from factors in the environment such as

  • The houses we live in, air quality and moulds, and overcrowding
  • The changes in and around our community caused by mining, hydro or other developments, or due to climate change
  • Mercury, lead or other contaminants in the food we eat
  • The water we drink
  • Environmental emergencies like forest fires, chemical spills etc.

Program activities

Indoor air quality (see also: Fact Sheet)

  • inform people about moulds and other indoor air problems and their effect on health
  • respond to concerns about mould problems in public buildings
  • inform people responsible for building maintenance about the importance of fixing leaks and other sources of water infiltration promptly to avoid mould growth
  • inform people about radon (a colourless, odourless gas which may be present in the basement of homes and can cause lung cancer) and how to reduce exposure to it (read more about radon)
  • promote the use of a carbon monoxide detector in buildings where propane or wood are used for heat or cooking

Drinking water quality

  • followup on abnormal  results of tests for drinking water, in order to prevent diseases due to contaminated water

Contaminants in the environment

Health and social impacts of climate change and industrial development

  • study and make recommendations about the health and social impacts of development projects
  • participate in studies about climate change and its impact on human health.

Environmental emergencies

  • in collaboration with partners, develop an emergency plan to respond to environmental emergencies that may occur in our region, such as forest fires, periods of extreme cold, power failures and highway chemical spills

Who is involved?
This programs aims to protect all the residents of the Cree communities.  Collaboration with other local and regional entities is essential to our activities (Cree Nation Councils, CRA, CTA, regional housing group).  Within the Public Health department, two program officers and one doctor work in the program, which is part of the Chishaayiyiu team.

Paul Meillon, Environmental Health Officer
1055 boulevard René Levesque East
6th floor
Montréal, Québec, H2L 4S5
Tel : 514-861-2352 ext. 73255

Reggie Tomatuk
Box 250, Chisasibi, Québec, J0M 1E0
Tel: 819-855-2744 ext. 22016
Cell: 418-770-9505

Marie-Jo Ouimet, MD MSc
1055 boul. René-Levesque E, 6th floor
Montréal, Québec, H2L 4S5
Tel: 514-861-2352 ext. 74229
Fax: 514-861-2681

To browse our online library for documents on Environmental Health, go here.

To read more information about your health outdoors, visit Health Canada's Environmental Health page.