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New Resource--Silent Enemy, The Healthy Aboriginal Network

The Healthy Aboriginal Network has created a new comic book for Cancercare Ontario, the First Nation Health Authority, and CAREX (Carcinogen Exposure group at the University of Victoria).
The book is called Silent Enemy and is about a family that must face the realities of treatment when a father is diagnosed with lung cancer. Using the metaphor of a journey through a snowy landscape and a reoccuring threat, Silent Enemy explores an example of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The comic is tailored to youth, support communities and organizations.

Cancercare's hope is that the book will:

  • Educate and raise awareness of cancer among youth in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities
  • Destigmatize the topic of cancer
  • Help with commercial tobacco prevention and cessation
  • Improve the conversation around cancer, how to be healthy and the dangers of smoking
  • Promote overall wellness

It can be downloaded for free at

You can see how we focus group tested the draft story at and preview our other books for sale at