2 3 K IM M ARTIN ’S JOURNEY : HEALTH AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS New projects to help reduce smoking Learning to say “yes” to a better life: WELLNESSMake your house From nicotine patches to The simple word “stop” changed College in Quebec, and plans to go to The Sliammon First Nation opened the doors Stay Safe!a healthy home healing circles, the ﬁrst on-reserve to its new clinic in November 2004. Already, Kim Martin’s life from a roller coaster ride university for nursing or family medicine. A new booklet by Health Canada smokers’ clinic in Canada uses both they have helped more than 30 people. of failed starts to a future full of promises. will help parents and otherLearning how to prevent and “It is important for Aboriginal peopleclean up mold growing in your modern and traditional methods to help Kim grew up in the Mohawk community to know that no matter how they grew caregivers make their homes Keep those “The response is unbelievable. We are safer for children. It’s called Stayhouse can improve the air you members stop smoking. of Kahnawake, Quebec. School wasn’t an up and what they’ve gone through, it is Safe: An Aboriginal Education cards and letters coming!breathe—and your health. very pleased,” says Jo-Anne. Guide to Hazard Symbols. It has “It makes my heart proud to see our brothersThe following publications from “We are trying to marry best health care important issue at home, but Kim enjoyed possible to turn things around,” says Kim. activities and fact sheets to teach This is one of eight new projects funded and sisters making their dreams become real,”Canada Mortgage and Housing practices with best traditions that are unique to learning and was the ﬁrst in her family to young children about household PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.Corporation show you how to by Health Canada. Projects are also Kim is one of 21 students chosen to receive hazards. It also has games, the community,” says Jo-Anne Allan. She graduate from high school. pictures to colour and other fun “Good to know about interesting programsprevent mold from growing—and underway in Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Canada Post’s 2004 Aboriginal Educationhow to recognize and safely clean activities. To order a free copy and projects,” is the clinic nurse manager of the Sliammon Incentive Award. The awards celebrateup small amounts of mold. You Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New At college, Kim discovered a whole new in English, French or Inuktitut, IQALUIT, NUNAVUTwill also ﬁnd out what to do for Smokers Clinic in British Columbia. First Nations, Inuit or Métis people who call Health Canada’s toll-free Thanks to all of you who send us comments. Do you Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The goal is to world. She ended up in the wrong crowd,more serious mold problems. information line, 1 866 225-0709, have question or comment? Want to see a story help reduce high rates of non-traditional started partying, and failed her year. She have overcome hardships to pursue learning. and ask for the publications ofﬁce. covered? Let us know—your ideas matter! FillFirst Nations Occupants’ Guide did go back to school, only to quit—more Every winner received a $1,000 award. out the reply card and mail yours in today! tobacco use—and improve health andto Mold Health Canada Santé Canada Postage is paid. wellness—in First Nations and Inuit than once. Her life went up and down likeMold in Housing: An You can get information and application —The Editor communities. This information will help this for several years.Information Kit for First Nations forms for the 2005 award at the CanadaCommunities other communities across Canada develop The magic moment came when she Post website. Visit www.canadapost.ca,About Your House—Fighting programs to reduce smoking. entered a nursing program that she loved. click on “In the Community” at theMold: The Homeowners’ Guide These projects are part of the Government When her demons came calling again, she bottom of the page, and then “Aboriginal Ab original Ed ol s uca An tion mb G uid e Sy to H a z ardAbout Your House—MeasuringHumidity in Your Home of Canada’s First Nations and Inuit hesitated. But then she heard a simple, yet Education Incentive Award.” The deadline personal information are provided in Info Source, which is available in federal government offices, at your local public library Spring 2005 This information is used to respond to reader requests and to evaluate Update, and is protected under the provisions of the We would like to receive your comments and suggestions about Update. for Canada Post to receive your application Privacy Act. Individuals have the right to protection of and access to their personal information. Instructions on obtaining Tobacco Control Strategy. Find out more decisive word: “stop!”If you live in the North, lookfor the About Your House by visiting the Health Canada website at: Kim has held on to that word ever since. is July 21, 2005. New websiteNorth series. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fnihb. Click on She is now in her second lets you follow Kim Martin says the award from Canada Roundtable 7To order any of these free “Community Programs” and choosepublications, call Canada “It is year of nursingMortgage and Housing Corporation “Tobacco” from the Programs and Projects important for at John Abbot Post means a lot to her after she turned her life around to study nursing. progresstoll-free at 1 800 668-2642. menu. Find out more about the Sliammon Aboriginal people to On April 19, 2004, the Government ofFor more information about Smokers Clinic at: www.sliammon.com/ know that no matter how Canada and Aboriginal leaders had ahousing, visit the Internet atwww.cmhc-schl.gc.ca. health/tobacco. they grew up and what historic meeting called the Canada- they’ve gone through, it is Aboriginal Peoples Roundtable. 7 Two very good reasons to quit smoking: possible to turn things At that meeting, they agreed to Vicki Harry’s children, Jayce and Gavin, Are you planning to stop smoking, around,” says student ﬁnd new ways to work together to begged her to stop smoking so she would chewing tobacco or using snuff? What topics would you like to see covered in future issues? Kim Martin. improve quality of life for Aboriginal be around to see them grow up. She’s been people in Canada. Over the past year, smoke-free ever since. Vicki is now helping For information that can help you go smoke-free, leaders and experts from federal, others to stop smoking as a certiﬁed no contact Health Canada: provincial and territorial governments Aboriginal tobacco facilitator and a Toll-free telephone: 1 800 O Canada (1 800 622-6232) and Aboriginal organizations have Send Update to my address listed above. yes and on the Internet at http://infosource.gc.ca. cultural support worker at the Sliammon Website: www.GoSmokeFree.ca (click on continued this work. They have held Smokers Clinic in British Columbia. “Aboriginal Campaign”) a series of working groups in key Send Update to me by e-mail at: areas including: health, education, Did you ﬁnd this issue informative? lifelong learning, housing, economic Fight West Nile Virus – Avoid Mosquito Bites! opportunities, negotiations and PHOTO: YVES CLÉMENT, PHOTO FEATURES accountability for results. You can West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. 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