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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Aboriginal Cancer Journey: A Gathering of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities from Across SW Ontario

Who: The South West and Erie St Clair Regional Cancer Programs
What:The Aboriginal Cancer Journey: A Gathering of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities from Across Southwestern Ontario
Where:Munsee-Delware Community Centre, 533 Thomigo Rd, Munsee-Delaware Nation
When:Friday, November 17, 2017. Registration and Breakfast 9am-10a,. Conference 10am-3:30pm.
Why:An interactive and informative conference to learn about the cancer journey as it related to First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities

Based on current lifestyle trends, cancer is expected to increase more for Aboriginal Ontarians than for the general population. Statistics shows that Aboriginal Peoples are at an increased risk for cancer due to various lifestyle factors, and participation in cancer screening is low compared to the rest of the population.
In response to these statistics, Cancer Care Ontario in collaboration with Ontario’s Aboriginal leaders developed an Aboriginal Cancer Strategy, which sets out a clear action plan for reducing risk and preventing cancer. The Strategy recognizes the challenges faced by Aboriginal Ontarians, and provides both the tools and the control to create change. In addition, Patient Navigators have been hired across the province to liaise with, and advocate for, the needs of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples and their families.

The Aboriginal Cancer Conference is a collaboration between the South West and Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Programs, aiming to engage and empower Indigenous communities with cancer-related health information. This year’s conference will feature relevant topics such as:  bridging Indigenous and western medicine, smoking cessation and cancer prevention and screening - to name a few.

You are invited to join us on November 17 to hear stories firsthand from First Nations people, physicians, and health care providers and get information about local and regional resources and supports. Media will have the opportunity to interview Regional Aboriginal Leads as well as other speakers.

South West Regional Cancer Program oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services for the counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, and part of Norfolk. It is one of 13 Regional Cancer Programs created by Cancer Care Ontario in 2005 to ensure cancer care is delivered according to province-wide quality standards.

Erie St Clair Regional Cancer Program (ESC RCP) is a network of stakeholders, healthcare professionals and organizations involved in cancer prevention and care across the Erie St. Clair LHIN (Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton and Windsor/Essex). It is one of 13 Regional Cancer Programs created by and funded through Cancer Care Ontario. The ESC RCP regional leadership is provided through Windsor Regional Hospital’s Cancer Program.

Media Contacts:

Krista DeVries
Communications and Public Relations
South West Regional Cancer Program
519-685-8500 ext 71826

Ron Foster
Public Affairs, Communications & Philanthropy
Windsor Regional Hospital
519-254-5577 ext 52003
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