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Indigenous agencies work to reduce cancer on local First Nations

By Tim Davidson Dec 11, 2023 | 8:18 AM

There is increased funding for the regional Indigenous cancer program.

The money will go towards hiring another full-time position.

Yolanda Fobister says the goal is to reduce the incidence of cancer in Treaty #3 area.

“The mortality rates of Treaty #3 members is higher than those in other Ontario First Nations in other regions,” explains Fobister.

“So we want to really to advocate for screening.  We want to catch these cancers early.”

Fobister shares the  Regional Indigenous Cancer Lead with Carol Wilson and says they are working to increase cancer screening rates on First Nations.

“The Kenora Chiefs Advisory has a pretty unique program, which is the Cancer Care Project and we work with our nine First Nations on addressing some of the needs of the communities.”

The Kenora Chiefs Advisory is partnering with Grand Council Treaty #3 and the North West Region Cancer Program for the enhanced screening project.

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