Friday, April 25, 2014
Text Size

No cancer report, no meeting say Fort Chip First Nations

CBC News

First Nations in Fort Chipewyan are refusing to meet with Alberta Health today.

The Mikisew Cree and the Athabasca Chipewyan were scheduled to get the results tonight from a highly anticipated cancer study, but they cancelled the meeting after officials refused to provide an advance copy of the report to the local Nunee Health authority.

First Nations in Fort Chipewyan have been asking for statistics on cancer in the community since 2009.

Alberta's Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Talbot promised leaders those would be shared with the community today.

But Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam says without a copy of the report, First Nations decided to turn officials away.

“I am disappointed that it didn’t go ahead,” Adam says. “Regardless of the findings that will come out of it, there is still a fact that remains, there is still a high cancer rate in this community.”

The Alberta government's last investigation into cancer rates in Fort Chipewyan found that 47 people developed some form of cancer over a period of 12 years.

Ray Cardinal is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation member.

He’s worried the oilsands may be to blame.

“If you look at Fort Chipewyan and the cancer rate that we have here its extremely high,” he says. “There's very rare cancer here that one in every 100, 000 people get and so far in Fort Chip, numerous people have been diagnosed with those cancers.”

CBC is trying to reach Alberta Health for comment.

Tonight’s meeting was supposed to offer a sneak preview of the report to people in Fort Chipewyan.

The full cancer statistics report is set to go public in March.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Write comment (7 Comments)

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

Write comment (2 Comments)

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...


obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit


April 2014
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3
Mon Mar 31 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
NICE ‘Indian’ Trust Funds
Fri Apr 04 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM

John Bigface


Current Video

Indigenous Writers Festival 2014 Opening Night

Write comment (0 Comments)

Chief Arlen Dumas Confronts NC Shawn Atleo

Write comment (2 Comments)