Breast Cancer Action Quebec offers a range of educational workshops and has a team of facilitators available to give them in schools, workplaces, community groups and faith-based groups. The length can be adapted to different circumstances. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in one for your group.
The workshops are offered free of charge but a donation is appreciated. A contribution towards travel costs may be requested for organizations in the regions.
Our Bodies, Our Environment: Women, Toxic Substances and the Reform of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
A multi-group workshop, of 2 hours in length but adaptable to the time available to the organization. This workshop covers topics such as:
- Environmental health basics
- Toxic substances and their impact on our health
- Advice on how to act both individually and collectively to make our environment toxic-free
Breast Cancer and Women of Diverse Origins: Education and Prevention
This workshop allows women to understand the disease, its symptoms, and how to detect it. It informs them about the different resources in the health system and how to access them. The workshop also discusses the factors that increase the risk of breast cancer as well as the factors that decrease it. It takes into account toxic substances and the health issues surrounding them.
Environmental Health Jeopardy!
Risk, exposure and vulnerability are all synonyms for Jeopardy.
This interactive game surprises and shocks with its answers to intriguing questions. It looks at how the definition of "environment" has changed, what are toxic substances, where they are found around us and how exposure to these chemicals puts our health at risk at different life stages plus a lot more.
The Beast of Beauty
What are toxic substances in cosmetics and personal care products and, more importantly, why are they there and what can be done about it?
We don’t often think of cosmetics, such as makeup and shampoo, as sources of exposure to toxic chemicals that may increase the risk of breast cancer and other health problems. Studies show that some cosmetic ingredients are toxic. For example, some chemicals in cosmetics act like the hormone estrogen in our bodies; most breast tumours depend on estrogen to grow. This workshop provides information about the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) which regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. It also contains practical tools to help you make informed choices about the cosmetics you buy.
Young Leaders and Environmental Health
An in-depth presentation on environmental health, with a leadership component to help youth initiate environmental action projects in their own communities.
Our DIY workshops are our way of applying the precautionary principle at the individual level while discussing collective actions to reduce exposure to toxic substances for all of us and for our environment.
Prevention and Action against Cancer and Toxicants (PACT)
This is a complete educational two-session workshop on toxic substances in common consumer products, their effects and what can be done individually and collectively to reduce their presence in our lives. The first workshop (two hours) informs you about toxic chemicals you are exposed to everyday. It also provides a framework for understanding environmental health risks and gives practical tips on safer alternatives for the reduction of toxic chemical exposures at home. The goal of the second workshop (two hours) is to create a collective action with the participants to reduce toxic chemicals in our environment.
Becoming a Chemical Detective
This is an introduction to toxic substances in common consumer products and their effects. Why do you need to become a chemical detective? There are a lot of chemicals out there that we don’t know enough about. Because of an unsatisfactory federal regulatory system, including labelling loopholes on cosmetics and other consumer products, you need to be a detective.
This workshop takes you on a tour of a home and helps you to become a chemical detective– we will help you recognize the risks in your personal environments and give you solutions on how you can reduce your exposure to possible toxicants.