A National Picture of First Nations Cancer: An Update

A National Picture of First Nations Cancer: An Update

We've had an amazing experience working with the Mohawk peoples of Akwesasne over the last 9 months. The community has been passionate and motivated to raise awareness of the impact of cancer in their community. We began working down there in January, running sharing sessions, sitting down to individual interviews, and gathering peoples' photos and journals. We have a few tasks to finish before moving into the next phase: analyzing, summarizing, and delivering the knowledge we've acquired back to the community. We look forward to taking these next steps with the peoples of Akwesasne. Nia:wen!

 

The National Picture project is funded by a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute - Quality of Life Grant in memory of Edna Goebel. 

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Video - Learning to live with lymphedema

In the Spring of 2015, several participants from our Learning to Live with Lymphedema pilot studies came together to create a video.  Participants discussed coping strategies and how to live hopefully while experiencing lymphedema after cancer. 

The video was created in collaboration with Dr. Ryan Hamilton from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Josée Boulanger.  This research was supported, in part, with funding from the Canada Research Chairs program.

After only two weeks, the video had almost 100 views!  We launched the video in the Fall of 2015 and held a group discussion in order to generate feedback.  Our audience suggested that we create a second video that would include health professionals talking about treatment.  Another project to come!

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Impact - Enhancing care after ethnodrama performances

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