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Cancer Video Launched For First Nations/ Métis

by NationTalk on April 6, 2008824 Views

Thursday, April 3, 2008

SUDBURY, Ontario – There was a moving ceremony today for the first screening of a cancer awareness video “In Our Own Words: The Cancer Journey”. The video is the direct result of a collaborative effort, led by the Shkagamik-kwe Aboriginal Health Access Centre. In 2006, the project got a $225,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to produce the video. There has been much interest and involvement in creating the video, which helps demystify cancer treatment, and promote cancer prevention and early detection for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”This initiative represents an important bridge between mainstream cancer care and the Aboriginal community,” said MPP Rick Bartolucci. “In increasing the understanding of cancer treatment within the Aboriginal community, promoting healthy lifestyles and highlighting the need for early detection, I believe this video will have a positive impact on Aboriginal communities in Northeastern Ontario and across the province.”

Using the voices of Aboriginal cancer survivors and their family members, the goal of the video is to increase access to holistic cancer information, promote screening as a form of prevention and to encourage Aboriginal people to seek early treatment. In addition, mainstream medical personnel will also gain an understanding of the Aboriginal worldview of cancer management.

The key impact of the video will be to positively influence treatment and survivorship decisions, earlier detection of cancer, identify the wholistic strengths of the community and address language and cultural barriers in the description of treatment modalities.

“Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre is very excited to launch this creative, thoughtful and necessary initiative,” said Joyce Helmer, Board member Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre and Chair of Cambrian College’s Wabnode Institute. “Storytelling and visual arts, which provide the basis of this video, are natural components of our traditional ways of teaching and learning.”

The collaborative involves participation from: Shkagamik-kwe Health Centre, N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, the Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit of Cancer Care Ontario, the Regional Cancer Program of the Hôpital regional de Sudbury Regional Hospital, Weeneebayko Health Ahtuskaywin, Mnaamodzawin Health Services Inc., Canadian Cancer Society, the Sudbury Métis Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and Cambrian College.

The organizations gratefully acknowledge the significant financial support from Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Media Contact:
Sean Barrette
Media Relations Officer
Hôpital régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital
(705) 523-7100 ext.4478
sbarrette@hrsrh.on.ca

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