The first analysis that Mamow Ahyamowen partners undertook was an analysis of the mortality experience of 59 communities that chose to participate. We are currently in the process of providing the results back to the participating communities. Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services shared their results with their Chiefs and Councillors in the early summer. At that meeting they were asked by their Chiefs to prepare a press release and press conference to share their results more widely.
In July Chief Elaine Johnston and Chief Reg Niganobe led a press conference where the Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services mortality analysis results were shared. Community member Helen Bobiwash shared a powerful story of the many ways in which diabetes has impacted her family. The Chiefs highlighted the key findings of the work and shared experience of friends, family members, and community leaders who passed away before they were able to retire.
The goal was to raise awareness of the health status and needs of North Shore communities through local media. Maamwesying has posted their report on their website. Several local media organizations covered the event including CTV television, CTV online news, Soo Today, the Sudbury Star, and the Sault Star. CBC Radio’s Up North also aired an interview with Chief Johnston.