About Us


About WICC

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.

WICC 2019 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.


Angeline Letendre

WICC 2019 National Chair

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


Lea Bill

WICC 2019 Executive Commiittee

Alexandra King

WICC 2019 Executive Committee


Rachel Syme

WICC 2019 Executive Committee


Gail Garvey

WICC 2019 International Co-Chair

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

Peter Hutchinson

WICC 2019 Executive Committee


Bonnie Healy

WICC 2019 Executive Commiittee

Nadine Caron

WICC 2019 Executive Commiittee

Vernon J Chiefmoon

WICC 2019 Coordinator
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Malcolm King

WICC 2019 Executive Committee


Brenda Elias

WICC 2019 Executive Committee


Bronwyn Morris

WICC 2019 Executive Committee

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