Valéry Ridde, “Climate migrants and health promotion”, Global Health Promotion, nov. 2018

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‘Burn me / hang me / as much as you wish / as much as history repeats / I will return a hundredfold’ (1). It is rare to begin an editorial in a scientific journal with a quote from a poem, but art is an essential dimension of health promotion. After all, didn’t Winslow daringly assert that public health is ‘an art and a science’ (2) to explain that we must also take our emotions and our experiential knowledge into consideration to act on the social determinants of health, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the famous WHO Commission dedicated to said determinants (3)? I read this excerpt by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, a poet from the Innu First Nation, in a heartbreaking book that shows how European migrants (a term of our times!) who had come to conquer and settle Canada sought to destroy the ‘Laughing People’ (1), themselves migrants. But the people demonstrated their resilience, a word that has come back into fashion (4) even if it is still not used often enough in public health. Despite the twin humiliations of colonization and the unjust governmental policies of assimilation that followed, the people of the Côte-Nord region of Quebec persisted, and still exist today. They, along with the people in central Sahel and at the heart of the Caribbean, are living in an alarming situation today that all too few of us know about. […]