Residents in Kitimat see a higher minimum wage and income assistance as some of the clearest ways to creating healthier environments for the town’s children, according to a report released by Northern Health in January.

During a public meeting held on May 30, 2016, 14 Kitimat participants engaged with Northern Health officials, and discussed what growing up healthy meant to them, as well as learning what services in the community work to support children and youth to grow up healthy. They also discussed what kind of improvements can be made to further support youth and children.

Kitimat participants in the discussion believed that growing up healthy means having a good foundation, being resilient, and having a chance to live life to its fullest potential, according to the report.