About WICC

About WICC

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Cancer in Indigenous populations globally has largely been overlooked, despite evidence that Indigenous people in some areas have significantly greater mortality and lower cancer survival [1-3]. Indigenous people comprise about 5% of the world’s population and their poorer health and social disadvantage are of increasing international interest, as evidenced by the formation of a United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues two decades ago [4].

Greater understanding of the burden of cancer among Indigenous populations is of major importance to public health given that poorer outcomes contribute to the lower life expectancies experienced by many Indigenous peoples. In attempts to reduce the global burden of cancer we need to also acknowledge and address the considerable cancer burden affecting Indigenous peoples around the world.

WICC 2019 will provide opportunities to foster new collaboration, enhance capacity, and share knowledge and information about cancer and Indigenous people internationally.

Our aim is to reduce Indigenous cancer disparities. We will achieve this by bringing together Indigenous communities and experts working in a variety of disciplines to discuss the latest findings in the field and to stimulate the development of international collaborations and encourage high quality cancer research.

Make plans now to join us in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in September 2019 for this exciting conference. Don’t miss this amazing and spiritual experience!

1. Cunningham J, Rumbold AR, Zhang X, Condon JR. Incidence, aetiology, and outcomes of cancer in Indigenous peoples in Australia. Lancet Oncol 2008; 9: 585-595.
2. New Zealand Ministry of Health, Cancer: New registrations and deaths. 2012: Wellington.
3. Espey, D.K., et al., Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2004, Featuring Cancer in American Indians and Alaska Natives. 2007, American Cancer Society.
4. United Nations, The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues U. N., Editor. 2010, United Nations: New York.

2019 WICC Executive Committee
The conference is guided by an organizing Executive Committee and a Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous members from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and France. Meet the Executive Committee.

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Angeline Letendre
National Chair – RN PHD

Alberta Health Services – Scientist-Indigenous Communities | Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund – Population | Public and Indigenous Health

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Gail Garvey
International Chair – PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed

Menzies School of Health Research – Australia | Deputy Division Leader- Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases division | 2016 WICC Chair

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Vernon J Chiefmoon
2019 WICC Coordinator – BCS

Public Relations & Event Specialist | Journalist | Social Media & Digital Marketer | Web Developer | Entrepreneur

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Lea Bill
Executive Committee – RN, BScN

Research & Oversight Engagement Manager – Alberta First Nations Information Governance Center

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Peter Hutchinson
Executive Committee – PhD, MA, BHK

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation | CPACC

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Malcolm King
Executive Committee – PhD, FCAHS

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Professor | Dept. of Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan | Scientific Director, SCPOR – Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research

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Alexandra King
Executive Committee – MD, FRCPC

Nipissing First Nation | Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health – University of Saskatchewan

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Bonnie Healy
Executive Committee – RN

Executive Director – Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (AFNIGC)

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Brenda Elias
Executive Committee – BA, MA, PhD

University of Manitoba – College of Medicine, Dept. Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

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Rachel Syme
Executive Committee – PhD

Assistant Director- CIHR Canadian Institutes of Health Research | ICR Institute of Cancer Research – University of Calgary

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Nadine Caron
Executive Committee – MD, MPH, FRCSC

Associate Professor – UBC Northern Medical Program | Co-Director – UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

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Bronwyn Morris
Executive Committee – PhD

Menzies School of Health Research – Australia, Research Program Manager, TACTICS Centre of Research Excellence | 2016 WICC Planning Committee

Sub Committee Listing Coming Soon!