OTTAWA, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - On February 4, World Cancer Day, Assembly of
First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo encourages
First Nations and all Canadians to endorse the World Cancer
Declaration, which commits to specific targets focused on cancer
prevention and awareness.
"The Assembly of First Nations strongly supports the World Cancer
Declaration, and we encourage other individuals and organizations to
join with their support," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "As the
leading cause of death world wide, cancer needs everyone's attention -
and First Nations are no exception. By raising awareness through a
global effort, we can better ensure that First Nations and all
Canadians have better access to prevention information and treatments."
The World Cancer Declaration, developed by the Union for International
Cancer Control, commits people across the globe to reach 11 specific
targets in cancer prevention and awareness by 2020. It calls on
individuals and organizations to take immediate steps to reduce the
global cancer burden by providing resources and political backing for
the priority actions required to achieve them. The Declaration will be
presented at the United Nations Summit on non-Communicable Diseases
"Cancer is rising faster in First Nation communities than in the general
population," said AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Bill Traverse who holds
the national health portfolio, adding that over the past several
decades cancer and other chronic diseases have emerged as important
threats to the overall well-being of First Nation citizens as social
conditions continue to be inadequate.
"There are additional health concerns for First Nation citizens and
communities with inadequate housing and infrastructure, like Northlands
Denesuline First Nation in Manitoba just to name one," said Regional
Chief Traverse. "The federal government is falling short on its
obligation to First Nations health and it is essential that the social
determinants of health be addressed in coordination with cancer
screening and prevention. The more people are aware, the more we can
urge people to act. We encourage First Nations and all Canadians to
lend their voice to the need for proper, culturally appropriate and
community-centered prevention and screening for everyone."
The AFN works in collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Action Network
and is working closely with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
(CPAC) in the development of an action plan on cancer control.
For more information and to sign on to the World Cancer Declaration
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
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