PCCN-Thunder Bay Releases “A Man’s Story”, a video, in English, and Ojibway, Cree, and Oji-Cree dialects

Thunder Bay – Prostate Cancer Canada Network-Thunder Bay has released A Man’s Story, a video on prostate cancer and the importance of its early detection and treatment. Prostate cancer is one of the three leading cancers in Aboriginal men in Ontario and the cause of many unnecessary deaths.

The video profiles Gerry Martin, an experienced nurse and traditional teacher, who talks about prostate cancer, its diagnosis and treatment, and Freda McDonald, a community Elder, who gives a message of hope. Both Martin and McDonald point out the importance of early detection and treatment and emphasize how important it is for men to take charge of their own health and for family and community support.

Also profiled is family of Richard Lyons, a well-known and respected Aboriginal Elder and leader, who died from prostate cancer, who share their stories of Richard’s experience with the disease and its impact on them.

The video release was attended by Stan Beardy, Grand Chief of Annishinabek First Nations, Chief Georjann Morriseau of the Fort William First Nation, Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources for the Province of Ontario and MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, John Rafferty MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, and representatives from several provincial and aboriginal health care organizations.

Presented in English,Ojibway, Cree, and Oji-Cree dialects, A Man’s Story, while initially produced for use in the aboriginal community, will be a valuable resource for all men and their families who are confronted with the disease.

A Man’s Story, produced by PCCN-Thunder Bay (the local prostate cancer support group) and Directed by Jim Hyder, was made possible through funding from Prostate Cancer Canada.

“Prostate cancer affects our urban centres, rural communities, and our First Nations,” reminded Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Vice-President of Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship at Prostate Cancer Canada. “Awareness pieces such as this video not only unify us all around a common cause, but also serve as important reminders that we’re not powerless when it comes to our own health.”

Established in 1992, PCCN-Thunder Bay’s objectives are to maintain awareness programs on prostate cancer and the need for early detection, to provide support to prostate cancer survivors and their families, to establish satellite prostate cancer support groups throughout Northwestern Ontario, and to provide financial support to prostate cancer research when possible. The support group meets on the third Thursday of every month at the 55+ Centre, 700 River Street, Thunder Bay. Meetings are open to all men and their partners.

Additional information on prostate cancer may be found at:

Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada Network-Thunder Bay
For more information, please contact:
Bill Everitt
PCCN-Thunder Bay

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Language: English · Cree · Oji Cree · Ojibway

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