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First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders meet with CEO of CPACThe Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) is working together with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and partners, and cancer service providers to improve the cancer experience of First Nations, Inuit and Métis throughout the continuum of care, from prevention to end of physical life or survivorship. To accomplish this goal, there are currently (as of 2015) six strategic Partnership initiatives with multiple projects, working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients, communities and organizations.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Control Initiative

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Control Initiative (also referred to as the Continuity of Care Initiative) aims to advance improvements in continuity of care in a culturally responsive and safe way, with First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients residing in rural, remote and isolated communities by March 2017. The focus of the Initiative is on improving supports provided at the time of diagnosis, and at several points throughout care including patients’ return from treatment centres to their home community.

The 10 multi-jurisdiction/multi-year initiatives

Launched in March 2014, the Partnership has invested in 8 multi-jurisdiction/multi-year initiatives, spanning across the Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. For some of these jurisdictions, the Initiative represents foundational work to build cancer control strategies specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis and for other jurisdictions, they are working to enhance existing efforts.

Advancing the First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer journey in the Yukon
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Continuity of care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients in the Northwest Territories
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Continuity of care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients in rural and remote communities (British Columbia)
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Increased access to culturally safe cancer care pathways by Alberta First Nations in rural, remote and isolated communities
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Development and implementation of a First Nations and Métis cancer surveillance system in Saskatchewan
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Improving First Nations and Inuit cancer care in Manitoba
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Quality and culturally adapted care and services for Inuit and Eeyou patients with cancer (Quebec)
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Enhancing cancer care services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Labrador
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More work with and for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people at the Partnership

The Partnership strives to embed First Nations, Inuit and Métis patient voices and perspectives in all of its work. Efforts are taken to facilitate and encourage engagement of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations in the Partnership’s initiatives.

Coalitions Linking Action and Science to Prevention (CLASP)
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CAREX Canada
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Integrating cancer control and tobacco control
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Person-centred perspective initiatives
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Last updated: March 8, 2017