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Improving the Health of Aboriginal Peoples Through Strengthened Relationships
Cancer Care Ontario unites with Grand Treaty #3 to combat cancer
Posted on 2013/05/29

This week, representatives from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) signed the first ever Relationship Protocol with the Grand Council Treaty #3 at their Annual General Assembly held at the Northwest Angle 37 First Nation near Sioux Narrows Ontario. 

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, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) communities. Over the coming months CCO will be signing a series of these agreements with FNIM groups.

In Ontario, cancer patterns differ significantly between the Aboriginal population and the general Ontario population. Cancer incidence is increasing in the Aboriginal population and cancer survival is worse than for other Ontarians.  CCO recognizes the unique needs of Aboriginal peoples, and this protocol provides FNIM groups with clarity and certainty about how CCO will work with their communities to implement the ACS II priorities. 

“There is a clear need to address the rising burden of cancer in the Aboriginal population and CCO is committed to implementing its cancer control strategy supporting FNIM peoples. To be successful we need strong partnerships from the community, and this protocol symbolizes our commitment to engaging the FNIM leaders in the process,” says Michael Sherar, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario.

“This is an important step for the First Nation communities of Treaty #3. By signing the protocol, CCO and the Grand Council Treaty #3 are agreeing to work together to tackle this challenging issue and improve the health of their First Nation citizens,” says Alethea Kewayosh, Director for the Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit at Cancer Care Ontario.

“We have seen rates of cancer rise with the increased extraction of resources from our territory, heavier reliance on larger scale food systems and more exposure to environmental pollutants," says Warren White, Grand Chief of the Grand Council Treaty #3. “We are at a critical point in time, where we must take action against cancer in our communities. Treaty 3 Anishinaabe communities and the whole northwest region will benefit from these important initiatives we are undertaking with Cancer Care Ontario.”

The ACS II was developed to reduce new cancer cases and improve the quality of life for those living with cancer amongst Aboriginal peoples. The six strategic priorities of the ACS II are: building productive relationships, research and surveillance, prevention, screening, supportive care and education.

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.

Media contact:
Tori Gass, Senior Public Relations Advisor
Phone: 1-855-460-2646

Last modified: Wed, May 29, 2013
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