Factors Affecting the Communication and Understanding of Known and Potential/Theoretical Risks to Health in Northern Aboriginal Communities

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by Dr. Cynthia Jardine, of the University of Alberta

In recent years, communication about risks to human health has commanded increasing public attention and reaction. Establishing a productive dialogue on health risks has become more challenging as issues and the related scientific information have become more complex and multi-faceted. This research study sought to develop better insight into the factors affecting the communication and understanding of both known and potential or theoretical risks to health in two similar, but unique northern Aboriginal communities; the Yellowknives Dene First Nation communities of N'Dilo and Dettah in the Northwest Territories and the Inuit communities of Nain and Hopedale in Nunatsiavut (Labrador).

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