Category: Community Health

Meet the 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholars

It is an honour to be named one of 15 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholars in 2017. I am researching relationships between public health and Indigenous co-management of fish and wildlife resources in Labrador’s Inuit communities. It will be a great experience to share and learn through this new academic community. I am very grateful to ...

Northern, Rural and Remote Health Conference in Happy Valley

The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health (CSCH) will be hosting an International forum in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on October 6-9, 2017. I am happy to be part of the organizing committee and as a member of the Scientific Committee please consider submitting an abstract. The forum will share knowledge and host important dialogues about community health, ...

Labrador’s resource development future from a municipal perspective.

Can resource development make communities like Happy Valley-Goose Bay healthy and sustainable? Have we been blessed or cursed along with the way? These are the questions that I regularly confront as a Mayor, and through my time in municipal government, it has become increasingly clear that an honest, holistic, and forthright dialogue about the pros ...

“The world offers itself to your imagination”

Too many of our people in Labrador are dying from suicide. A new study by Pollock, Mulay, Valcour and Jong 2016 highlights the higher levels of suicide in Labrador, in comparison to Newfoundland, in all age categories. Innu and Inuit residents in particular are disproportionately affected, and young males and Inuit females even more so ...

Fishing for health and wellness.

Throughout my lived experiences in Labrador I only ever assumed that hunting and fishing were healthy activities. This past summer, I was cod fishing with my partner Ashlee Cunsolo, and good friend Cliff Russell. We easily caught our limit of fish, then kept Cliff company as he cleaned and prepared the fish, and we have ...

What does the municipality have to do with my health?

In 2013, researchers examined the capacity of municipal governments to reduce health inequities (Collins & Hayes 2013).  When they examined the issue amongst municipal politicians and senior-level staff, respondents believed that higher levels of government had a greater responsibility for health; however, they felt that at the municipal level, investing in parks and recreation facilities, ...