News Release - MNBC receives Golden Apple Award for Joint Work in Indigenous Cancer Strategy

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June 27, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) - On June 25th, Métis Nation British Columbia, along with partners First Nations Health Authority, BC Cancer, and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, were awarded a Gold Apple in Collaborative Solutions at the BC Health Care Awards for their joint partnership work on the Indigenous Cancer Strategy that was released December 2017.

Métis Nation British Columbia, First Nations Health Authority, BC Cancer and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres worked collaboratively to draft a first of its kind strategy in British Columbia that outlines seven key priorities that need to be addressed in order to ensure that Métis and First Nations cancer patients receive equitable and culturally safe cancer care.

As outlined at the BCHC awards “The end goal of the strategy is cancer services that align with Indigenous priorities resulting in fewer new cases of cancer through healthy living, earlier detection through culturally safe cancer screening programs, culturally safe cancer care and support for Indigenous people, families and communities throughout the entire journey; support for the end-of-life journeys, perspectives and wishes of Indigenous peoples; and that Indigenous cancer journeys are well documented and understood.”

Preston Guno, former Director for the Indigenous Cancer Control Program at BC Cancer, who passed away in April 2018 was also honoured for his major contribution to the development of the Indigenous Cancer Strategy.

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Learn more:

Indigenous Cancer Strategy - http://www.fnha.ca/wellnessContent/Wellness/improving-indigenous-cancer-journeys-in-bc.pdf.pdf

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Media contact:

Métis Nation British Columbia
Tracey Thornhill, Manager
Communications & Special Events
604-557-5851

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