Lakehead professor, team receives $1.2M for research on cancer prevention through traditional healing

November 19, 2021
Lakehead University has announced that a professor and research team have received $1.2M in CIHR funding for research on using traditional healing to prevent cancer. Dr Lana Ray, Lakehead’s Assistant Professor in Indigenous Learning and Indigenous Research Chair in Decolonial Futures, will lead the research in partnership with traditional knowledge holders and Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig Health Access Centre (WNHAC), and with involvement from Lakehead, Nipissing University, and University of Toronto researchers. The five-year project will address colonialism through implementing traditional healing activities in the WNHAC’s region. “We need to stop framing prevalent risk factors of cancer as such and start thinking about them as symptoms of colonialism,” said Ray. “When we do this, we also begin to think of cancer as a symptom of colonialism, which allows for expanded approaches to primary and secondary cancer prevention.” Net News Leger (ON)