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OTTAWA, April 25 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine congratulates Dr Lyndsay Crowshoe for his appointment as a First Nations representative to the Board of Directors with the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).
“I am delighted to see that the AFN’s nomination of Dr. Crowshoe was supported by Dr. Jeffrey Lozon, CPAC’s Chair,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine. “Dr. Crowshoe is a young First Nations leader in health care reform and a role model for First Nations youth who are seeking to enter the medical profession and health research.”
A member of the Piikani Nation of Alberta, Dr Crowshoe practices primary health care while maintaining a faculty position at the University of Alberta. “Since the $260 million CPAC initiative was announced by Prime Minister Harper last November, the AFN has worked diligently to ensure that First Nations peoples are identified as a priority in the development of Canada’s new cancer strategy,” said Regional Chief Katherine Whitecloud, Chair of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Health. “To address the growing incidence of cancer in our communities, we need support to address the root causes such as environmental contamination and poor diets, as well as improving early access to diagnostic services.”
“In my community, I know that we are facing higher rates of rare cancers and that our people are dying younger because they cannot access proper treatment,” added Regional Chief Whitecloud, “Yet, to this day, there is no federally-funded program for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in First Nations communities. Even more disconcerting is the elimination of the First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control program in Budget 2006 aimed at addressing a key risk factor for multiple cancers.”
“With Dr Crowshoe’s intervention and support, we are hopeful that First Nations cancer-related issues will be partly addressed with CPAC resources,” said National Chief Fontaine. “This includes better research, surveillance, standards of care, and ensuring wait time guarantees for Canadians will not stop at the reserve border and reach First Nations men, women and children regardless of where they live.”
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.
For further information: Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789 ext. 229 or cell (613) 293-6106 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor – Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243 or (6130-298-6382 or email@example.com
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