Hotıì ts’eeda is proud to be a supporter of the Inuvik Cancer Support Group. Composed of cancer survivors, the group works to break down stigma and open up conversations about cancer for participants in the Inuvik area. It held several workshops and group activities in the community and hopes to publish a book of stories from cancer survivors and caregivers.
Hotıì ts’eeda supported the Inuvik Cancer Support Group in 2019 through the Strategic Priorities Program as a community wellness project. Funding was used for leaders of the group to attend program evaluation training and the World Indigenous Cancer Conference.
In 2020, Hotıì ts’eeda funded the group to begin working on a Book of Hope project that will bring together stories of cancer survivors from the NWT. Since the announcement of the project in February 2021, there has been a tremendous amount of interest and excitement from the public. Several interviews have already been conducted with people from across the Northwest Territories.
The Inuvik Cancer Support Group encourages all communities to begin similar support groups, and have offered help to anyone interested. Please contact Agnes Pascal for more information about the group.