• Let's breathe easy
Jul 02, 2015

It is under the theme LET'S BREATHE EASY that, on June 10th and 11th in the context of a regional meeting that was held in Québec City, workers from 21 First Nations communities got together in order to seek the means to reduce the smoking rates in their environment. Thirty-six people, including health directors, nurses, National Native Alcohol and Drug Addiction Program (NNADAP) agents and various health professionals, enjoyed two days that were full of highly rewarding workshops and conferences facilitated by experts in the fight against smoking, intervention and evaluation.

The participants also attended the launch of the Breathe-Easy Kit, which was designed by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) with the participation of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS. It features many tools that are in line with criteria pre-established by Health Canada aiming to support communities in developing their community projects focused on the fight against smoking. This kit was handed out to participants at the meeting and also sent to the communities that were not in attendance. It will soon be accessible on the FNQLHSSC's website at http://www.cssspnql.com/en/fnqlhssc. This kit can be used by all local workers who participate in the project since it was designed to support all activities that can be carried out in the community (health centres, schools, youth centres, etc.).


The objectives of this meeting were to:

  1. Rally the First Nations communities around the fight against smoking;
  2. Foster learning about the best practices related to the fight against smoking as well as the tools included in the kit;
  3. Promote networking and the sharing of experiences and good initiatives among the communities;
  4. Fuel the reflective process on the development of an implementation plan for a community project focused on the fight against smoking.

After having read the comments of the participants, we can conclude that the meeting was a genuine success. Moreover, several communities have already indicated that they would be submitting a project proposal to Health Canada. The necessary documents for the submission of such a project have been sent to all communities in April. The FNQLHSSC will be available to support communities wishing to submit projects.