New partnership instated to explore efficacy of traditional healing to prevent cancer – Anishinabek News

December 3, 2021

THUNDER BAY — Lakehead University researcher Lana Ray is partnering with the Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig Health Access Centre (WNHAC) in Kenora, traditional Knowledge Keepers and other researchers to look at the efficacy of using traditional healing to prevent cancer.

“We’re using an Indigenous approach, so we’re working very closely with our partners at Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig [and] we’re also working with Elders and medicine people,” says Ray, principal investigator for the project, assistant professor in Indigenous Learning, and Indigenous research chair in Decolonial Futures at Lakehead University, and Red Rock Indian Band citizen. “We’re going to be doing some more localized work in terms of better understanding how colonialism is a risk factor of cancer, and then we are going to be doing some baseline work in terms of looking at the prevalence of what’s often called individual risk factors related to cancer, but that we’re framing as really symptoms of colonialism. And then what we’ll be doing is employing storytelling and then looking at the data as well at the end to see if we are seeing any decreases in those symptoms of colonialism.”

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