Cancer Care Ontario unites with the Anishinabek Nation to combat cancer
MUNSEE-DELAWARE FIRST NATION, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Representatives from
Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) today signed a Relationship Protocol with the
Anishinabek Nation at their Annual General Assembly held in
This protocol is a key priority of CCO's Aboriginal Cancer Strategy II
(ACS II), and is an agreement that sets a new course for a
collaborative relationship between CCO and First Nation, Métis and
Inuit (FNMI) communities. Over the coming months CCO will be signing a
series of these agreements with FNMI groups.
In Ontario, cancer patterns differ significantly between First Nations,
Métis and Inuit populations and the general Ontario population. Cancer
incidence is increasing among First Peoples and their cancer survival
rates are worse than for other Ontarians. CCO recognizes the unique
needs of FNMI peoples, and this protocol provides clarity and certainty
about how CCO will work with their communities to implement the ACS II
"There is a clear need to address the rising burden of cancer among
First Nations citizens and CCO is committed to implementing its cancer
control strategy to support them," says Michael Sherar, President and
CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "To be successful we need strong community
partnerships, and this protocol symbolizes our commitment to engaging
First Nations leaders in the process."
Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said the Anishinabek Nation's
political secretariat - the Union of Ontario Indians - has a primary
mandate to protect the interests of its 60,000 citizens.
"Whether it's advancing political positions or ensuring that the
Anishinabek have all the information they need to lead healthy,
productive lives, we are committed to working with any partners who
share our goals."
Alethea Kewayosh, Director for the Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit at
Cancer Care Ontario, was on hand for the protocol signing.
"We know that First Nations peoples, including the Anishinabek, have
unique healthcare needs and by signing the protocol, we are agreeing to
work together to tackle this challenging issue."
Neil Johnson, Regional vice-president of the South West Regional Cancer
Program says, "The ACS II was developed to reduce new cancer cases and
improve the quality of life for those living with cancer amongst First
Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. The six strategic priorities of the
ACS II are: building productive relationships, research and
surveillance, prevention, screening, supportive care and education.
The Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) is a political advocate for the 39
member communities of the Anishinabek Nation across Ontario, from
Pikwakanagan (near Renfrew) in the east, Aamjiwnaang (near Sarnia) in
the south, and Fort William (Thunder Bay) and Lake Nipigon in the
north. Anishinabek Nation citizens account for more than one-third of
the First Nations population in Ontario. The UOI delivers a variety of
programs and services, such as health, social services, education,
intergovernmental affairs and treaty research.
Cancer Care Ontario - an Ontario government agency - drives quality and
continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the
delivery of care and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney
disease and access to care for key health services. Known for its
innovation and results-driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system
planning, contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops
and deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards
and tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in
cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.
SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation
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