Cree Health Survey 2003, Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 2.1, Iiyiyiu Aschii: Injuries and transportation safety

The survey was conducted during the summer of 2003 using a representative sample of residents aged 12 and older from the nine communities in Iiyiyiu Aschii: Chisasibi, Eastmain, Mistissini, Nemaska, Oujé- Bougoumou, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Wemindji, and Whapmagoostui.

  • During a twelve-month period, 10% of the region's residents sustained an injury which limited their normal activities.
  • Every year, more than 1,000 persons 12 years of age or older sustain at least one injury which limits their activities.
  • Men and young persons constitute the groups reporting the greatest number of injuries.
  • The region of Iiyiyiu Aschii does not differ from the rest of Quebec as to the prevalence of reported injuries.
  • Sprains, wrenches, and fractures are the types of injury most often reported.
  • Falls are the main cause of injuries (42%).
  • 48% of all injuries occur in sports or leisure activities and 25%* occur in the home.
  • 56% of injuries were followed by recourse to a health professional, usually in a hospital emergency room.
  • The prevalence of seat belt use is the same for women as for men: 57% for drivers and 48% for passengers. This is markedly less than the numbers for Quebec as a whole (91%) and for rural Quebec (89%).
  • 52% of the population reports having used a snowmobile or a boat at least once during the year preceding the survey; 25% report having used an ATV.
  • The use of ATVs is especially common among men and young persons, and in small communities.
  • In Iiyiyiu Aschii as a whole, 49% of ATV users regularly wear a helmet; men (57%) do so more than women (35%).
  • A few communities are noteworthy for the high proportion of ATV users who wear helmets: Mistissini (78%) and the inland communities as a whole (82%).
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