Yukon First Nations to help members diagnosed with cancer

New program will promote education, understanding and support.

The Council of Yukon First Nations wants to create what it's calling a seamless process for treating aboriginal people diagnosed with cancer.

The federally funded Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is sponsoring a three year Cancer Care Initiative run by the CYFN.

The Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations says cancer is a big concern in every community.

Ruth Massie says the new program is meant to ease the way for aboriginal people about to begin cancer treatment.

She says, "the education and the training, of the whole process people go through, I mean people are quite scared and wary when they do get a diagnosis of cancer."

Cancer survivor DalyceHuot says it's important for patients and their families to speak up.

"It will help educate families, I believe on how to support their family member going through their journey and help speak for them if they're afraid to speak for themselves," says Huot.

The Council of Yukon First Nations says another more long term goal is getting reliable statistics about cancer rates among aboriginal people It seems high to many, but right now there's no accurate way to track Yukon First Nations cancer cases.