May: Health Month

4 May

Month of Speach and Hearing
Cystic Fibrosis Month
Multiple Sclerosis Month
Tree and Forest Month

Videos marked with an asterisk are part of the French collection.

Month of Speech and Hearing

May is the month of speech and hearing across Canada. This is the time chosen by the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) and the Canadian Hearing Foundation to reiterate the importance of preventing, assessing and treating hearing, language, speech and hearing disorders. – No video available in English.


Cystic Fibrosis Month

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease in Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. CF affects several organs, but especially the lungs and the digestive system. Accumulation of thick mucus in the lungs causes severe breathing problems and makes it difficult to kill bacteria, resulting in cycles of infection and inflammation that damage delicate lung tissue. – No video available in English.


Multiple Sclerosis Month

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord. It targets myelin, the protective layer of nerve fibres. Inflammation leads to the deterioration of myelin. – No video available in English.


Tree and Forest Month

In May, Québec celebrates the Month of the Three and Forests to demonstrate its attachment to this collective wealth. It is also time to remember that the history of this province is intimately linked to the forest, that this renewable resource is essential for the economic and social development of Québec. The video Tree of Life, take a closer look at plants. Viewers learn about roots, stems, leaves and all the things plants need to live. Here's your chance to grab your shovel and dig into some science fun!

More video on the topic.


Themes of the Month: Work and Work Issues


May 1 – International Workers' Day

Work and Mental Health


May 2, 2011 – Death of Osama Bin Laden (54 years old)


May 2, 1519 – Death of Leonardo da Vinci (67 years old)


May 3 – World Press Freedom Day

Theme: Critical Minds for Critical Times: The Role of the Media in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies


May 3, 2006 – Death of Karel Appel (85 years old)


May 3 – Québec Sports and Physical Activity Day


May 6 to 12 – Emergency Preparedness Week

Theme: My safety: My Responsibility!


7 mai – World AIDS Orphans Day


May 7 to 13 – Mental Health Week

Theme: 7 tips to recharge: act, feel, accept, relax, discover, choose, create links




May 7 to 13 – National Nursing Week

Theme: #YesThisisNursing


May 8 – World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

This day celebrates World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in a world that looks to the future with apprehension. And yet, this day is imbued with the certainty that the goals and ideals crystallized in the fundamental principles of these movements are more relevant than ever.


May 8, 1794 – Death of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (50 years old)


May 8, 1903 – Death of Paul Gauguin (55 years old)


May 8, 1982 – Death of Gilles Villeneuve (32 years old)


May 12, 1985 – Death of Jean Dubuffet (83 years old)


May 13 – World Fair Trade Day


May 13 to 19 – Police Week


May 14, 1610 – Death of Henri IV de France (56 years old)


May 14 to 20 – Québec Family Week

Theme: The family, that's what counts!


May 15 – National Denim Day

In May 1997, the CURE Foundation inaugurated National Denim Day, its main fundraiser. This event is held annually on the Tuesday following Mother’s Day. Businesses, organizations and institutions across Canada are encouraged to allow employees, members and/or students to wear denim and receive CURE’s ‘pink flower’ ribbon at work.


May 15, 2013 – Death of Robert Roussil (87 years old)


May 17 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Theme: Towards a positive use of artificial intelligence for all


May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. Fondation Émergence promotes the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and encourages organisations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment.

  • Homogène - La différence démystifiée
    1. Coming out - Admitting my difference
    2. Karl - Understanding difference
    3. Antoine - Respecting your difference
    4. Jill and Émilie - Loving your difference
    5. Kim Alex - Emerging from difference
    6. Guillaume - Working with difference
    7. Marie-Hélène - Accepting my difference
    8. Maude - Celebrating our difference
    9. Jean-Éric - Until that difference has no more importance


May 17, 1510 – Death of Sandro Botticelli (66 years old)


May 17 to 20 – Festival of Harmonies and Symphonic Orchestras


May 20, 1506 – Death of Christopher Colombus (55 years old)


May 20 to 26 – Safe Boating Week


May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development


May 21 – National Patriots Day

Québec celebrates May 21, Patriot Day, which commemorates since 2003 the Patriotes' struggle of 1837-1838 for democracy and national emancipation.


May 21, 2002 – Death of Niki de Saint Phalle (71 years old)


May 22 – World Biodiversity Day


May 22, 1885 – Death of Victor Hugo (56 years old)


May 24, 1543 – Death of Nicolaus Copernicus (70 years old)


May 25 – International Missing Children's Day


May 27 – International Museum Day


May 30, 1640 – Death of Peter Paul Rubens (62 years old)