"We listen to our Elders. You live longer that way": examining aquatic risk communication and water safety practices in Canada's North

Health Place. 2010 Jan;16(1):1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.05.007. Epub 2009 Jun 23.


This paper examines ways in which Aboriginal residents of Taloyoak, Nunavut and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories perceive aquatic-based risk communication, and how this information could be used to improve water safety. We argue that aquatic risk communication with northern Aboriginal populations can be improved by identifying and accounting for the consequences of colonialism in the context of aquatic risk communication and, in turn, decolonizing water safety programs north of the 60th parallel-Canada's North.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Communication*
  • Drowning / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Northwest Territories
  • Population Groups*
  • Risk*
  • Safety*
  • Trust
  • Young Adult