Cancer Care Initiative for Yukon First Nations


Whitehorse, YT – Cancer has been a priority for Yukon First Nations since 2007, when The Council of Yukon First Nations helped facilitate discussions about cancer and how it affects First Nations people in the Yukon Territory. The Conversations on Cancer Parts 1, 2 and 3; and the Walk a Mile in My Moccasins documents were created as a result of these discussions and are being used to guide this project.

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has enabled The Council of Yukon First Nations to embark on a First Nations driven cancer care project.  It includes many project partners that will help guide the process: the Yukon Government, Yukon Hospital Corporation, BC Cancer Agency, Saint Elizabeth FNIM Cancer Care Program, Yukon Métis Nation, a cancer survivor and a First Nations Elder representative.

Ruth Massie, The Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations said “We are pleased to engage and focus on the area of cancer for Yukon First Nations.  It has been an important priority issue that we have not been able to address due to lack of targeted funding.  We look forward to having positive outcomes as a result of this project.”

This project represents a multi-faceted approach of implementing several priorities pertaining to the First Nations and Métis cancer journey within Yukon, specifically in relation to diagnosis delivery and discharge planning. The work will be carried out in collaboration and partnership with the Yukon cancer system and advance the following outcomes:

  • Education and training for more informed First Nation, and Métis patients
  • Education and training for health care providers within Yukon to support better continuity of care from diagnosis to discharge
  • Consistency in practises around diagnosis delivery and discharge planning
  • Implementing a culturally meaningful way of supporting patients through diagnosis to discharge
  • Development of a patient identification strategy.


Lori Duncan
Director, Health and Social Development

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