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The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Each for Equal” – a call to action to challenge stereotypes and fight bias in our daily lives in order to help create a better world.
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After reviewing records from the Sioux Lookout Health Centre, an expert recognized that children’s health in northern Ontario could be improved by ensuring people knew how to get rid of mold in their homes.
But getting the word out wasn’t going to be easy. The 49 First Nations communities that make up Nishnawbe Aski Nation are spread across a vast swath of northwestern Ontario. Public health materials in First Nations languages didn’t exist; the English-language toolkits were difficult to understand and had been developed with urban settings in mind, so they weren’t a perfect fit with some aspects of rural life.
“There is some high-level scientific information about mold that’s available from the various government departments and agencies, but there wasn’t anything really simple,” said Ariel Root, a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Administration.
Root worked with youth from Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities to develop public health educational materials in Oji-Cree that will help spread the word about the health impacts of mold, and steps to mitigate them – like proper cleaning techniques and installing a heat recovery ventilator.
“If a tool kit is full of jargon, no one will use it,” said Root. “We wanted to make materials that are targeted to our communities, user-friendly and easy to follow – and we wanted to focus them in ways that are relevant to our community members. Working with students from those communities was really beneficial.”