OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - 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."
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