Cancer Care Ontario and the Healthy Aboriginal Network recently published a comic book called ‘Silent Enemy’, which deals with the topic of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery in a delicate but effective manner. Targeted to youth, families and communities the comic intends to raise awareness about the disease, opening a dialogue around an often stigmatised topic.
The 'Healthy Aboriginal Network' (HAN), a Canadian non-profit organization, has been creating posters, video and comic books on health and social issues for youth since 2005. HAN advocates for the creation of knowledge translation tools that youth find comfortable to interact with, rather than text-heavy brochures and websites, which youth are less inclined to read. HAN’s stories broach not only health care (diabetes, sexual and maternal health) but youth in care stories, living with FASD, suicide prevention and financial literacy. Through easily accessible and engaging forms of media, HAN would like Indigenous youth to see that they are not alone with their challenges, that they have choices and better decisions will affect better outcomes.
Download the free e-book ‘Silent Enemy’. For more information about HAN, its comic books and other projects visit the dedicated website and their YouTube channel where the HAN focus group test their draft stories online, with youth and professionals.