New SFU prof will research causes and prevention of chronic disease ‘epidemic’ among B.C. First Nations (Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski, St. Paul's Hospital)

Grand Chief Edward John says it was his 1998 heart attack that sowed the seeds of a new program at St. Paul’s Hospital that will focus on the cardiac health of B.C. First Nations residents.

“I was in Haida Gwaii and I had an unfortunate incident, so had to be medevaced to St. Paul’s,” John recalled Tuesday as the $1.9 million First Nations Health Authority chair in heart health and wellness was announced.

Dr. Andy Ignaszewski, head of cardiology at St. Paul’s, treated John. John was involved in treaty talks at the time and would later become an NDP cabinet minister for Children and Families.

Pamela Fayerman reports

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