News & Events


RELEASE: Colorectal cancer incidence in the Aboriginal population of Ontario, 1998 to 2009

On April 15, 2015, Statistics Canada released the study “Colorectal cancer incidence in the Aboriginal population of Ontario, 1998 to 2009” in its publication Health Reports. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Because Aboriginal identity or ancestry (ethnicity) is not routinely captured in cancer registries and mortality databases, little is known about colorectal cancer morbidity and mortality among Aboriginal people.

Studies suggest that colorectal cancer incidence increased disproportionately among the Aboriginal population of Ontario relative to the general population. Using an ecological approach, this study examines colorectal cancer incidence for the 1998 to 2009 period among Aboriginal people living in Ontario. Based on their postal code at diagnosis, cases of colorectal cancer identified from the Ontario Cancer Registry were assigned to census geographic areas with high (33% or more) or low percentages of Aboriginal identity residents, using the Postal Code Conversion File Plus.

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Press Release: Wunnumin Lake First Nation

Wunnumin Lake First Nation

For Immediate Release:

Three tragedies within a week shock community of Wunnumin Lake First Nation

Wunnumin Lake: The First Nation of Wunnumin Lake, located 360 km northeast of Sioux Lookout is in shock as they mourn the loss of three lives taken suddenly within a week of each other in three separate tragic events.

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For further information, please contact:

Dean Cromarty Cell: 807-620-9648, dcromarty@
Vivian Waswa at band office 807 442 2559  

CCOH, SLFNHA offer bursary opportunities

The Chiefs Committee on Health, through the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, are proud to support First Nation students from the Sioux Lookout area with a bursary opportunity.

The program offers twenty-eight (28) bursaries of $1,000 each to a First Nations student seeking a career in a health care field.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a health care related program at an accredited post-secondary institution and must also be a band member of one of the 33 First Nations in the Sioux Lookout area. For a list of communities visit:

To apply, Visit the Chiefs Committee on Health page on the SLFNHA website to download the application. The deadline is midnight on March 1, 2015.

The Chiefs Committee on Health provides the bursaries to support and encourage students in their journey to find a career in the health field. 

SLFNHA Winter 2014/2015 Newsletter

The quarterly SLFNHA Newsletter is out and ready to read online. Click here to view/download the Winter 2014/2015 issue.

If you would like a hard-copy mailed to you, please email irene.dube(at) or call (807) 737-1802.

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