The Gwich’in Settlement Region Cancer Sharing Circle took place at Sittichinli Recreational Complex in Aklavik on September 10 and 11, 2015. Twenty-three elders, youth, cancer survivors, family caregivers, health professionals and community leaders from Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic, Inuvik, and Fort McPherson shared their experiences. They discussed successes in their communities and steps needed to address gaps and challenges in the cancer journey in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
The cancer sharing circle had three objectives:
1. To provide an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns and share their stories about cancer;
2. To enhance knowledge and awareness of cancer and how it impacts community members;
3. To motivate community members to initiate their own activities to address barriers and gaps they face in cancer care and support.
Over two days, the facilitators led the participants through plenary discussions, presentations, small group brainstorming and analysis, and fun energizers in order to achieve these objectives.