Mike Fontaine, Environmental Health Advisor


Environmental Health Program Description

Public health has been defined as the science and art of promoting health, preventing disease, prolonging life and improving the quality of life through the organized efforts of society. Conditions in both the natural and built environments can affect people's ability to achieve and maintain good health. A healthy environment includes safe water and food supplies and properly designed, constructed and maintained housing and community facilities as well as suitable treatment and disposal of wastewater and solid waste. To maintain a healthy environment, it is also necessary to plan for and respond to emergencies and to work towards the prevention and control of communicable diseases.


The Environmental Health Program at SERDC works to identify and prevent environmental public health risks that could adversely impact the health of community residents in SERDC communities. Programming includes public health inspections, monitoring environmental conditions such as drinking water quality, delivering training and raising awareness about potential environmental public health risks and the steps people can take to protect themselves and their families.


SERDC’s Environmental Health Advisors (EHAs) work to identify and prevent environmental public health risks in SERDC community residents. Some EHAs are employed by Health Canada and some by First Nations or Tribal Councils. All EHAs working in First Nations communities must have a Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada).


SERDC’s EHAs provide routine services, as per community requirements, or other services as requested by Chiefs and Councils including to following:

  • Gather data required to analyze what steps can be taken to promote public health in First Nations communities.
  • Visit First Nations to do inspections, investigations and provide education and training sessions.
  • Identify potential public health risks in First Nations communities and provide recommendations to Chiefs and Councils on how to correct them.

 Community Based Water Monitors Workshop held on Dec 10 & 11, 2014 at SERDC. Elder Shannon Buck presented to the workshop on the Holistic Aspects of Water

Water Monitors Wksp Dec 10-11 2014





















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2017 water monitor workshop

In picture, from left to right

Shaun Miles, Henry Hudson, Poplar River; Randolph Owens, Pauingassi; Daniel Cook, Bloodvein; Margie Boulanger, Bloodvein; Jennifer Hamilton, Bloodvein; Harlan Flett, Berens River; Mike Fontaine








Southeast Resource Development Council Corp.
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