We at EHI-Canada admire and indeed aspire to the United States Centers for Disease Control’s vision of “Healthy People in Healthy Places”. We agree with Toronto Public Health which states they consider health and environment to be “partners for life” on their “Healthy People Healthy Environment” information website. We also agree with Research Australia that “Achieving a population of HEALTHY PEOPLE requires a HEALTHY PLANET to ensure the fundamentals, and HEALTHY PLACES in which to live, work, interact and play” (McMichael Tony, Steering Committee Chair. Healthy planet, places and people, Research Australia, 2007:8).
We also recognize the following realities:
Hence, at EHI-Canada we will work continuously towards improvement in the health of people and the places they inhabit, utilizing whatever resources are available to us.
We at EHI-Canada recognize that we cannot accomplish our vision working in isolation. Hence, our mission is to collaborate with many other key partners to continually leverage individual efforts towards the mutual goal of improved human health through better protection from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.
EHI-Canada envisions being an international leader in the coordination and exchange of environmental health information for the ongoing benefit of citizens, communities and governments.
We chose the Inukshuk as EHI-Canada’s symbol for several reasons: