In recent years, cancer emerged as a growing concern among Fort Good Hope residents. They felt that cancer was becoming more and more common, and more and more people were dying from cancer. Community members did not have enough knowledge about cancer and were very afraid.
In collaboration with Saint Elizabeth and the Government of the Northwest Territories, Fort Good Hope held its first cancer sharing circle in 2012. Another project, Attitudes Towards Cancer in Indigenous Communities & Examining Uptake of Screening Services (The ACCESS Project), led by the Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group at the University of Alberta, also takes place in Fort Good Hope. The ACCESS Project aims to identify barriers that exist to cancer screening, find ways to increase cancer screening uptake levels, and improve cancer awareness.
In 2013, a group of concerned resident volunteers established the Goba Group.
The Goba Group began its strategic planning process at the Gathering Wisdom Workshop held February 10-11, 2015. Over two days, group members established their core values, vision, mission, five-year goals, and objectives for the first year of implementation.