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Health and Social Services launches First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Community-based Cancer Projects

YELLOWKNIFE (March 17, 2014) – Northwest Territories residents can expect to see significant improvements to territorial cancer care services in the next three years. The Department of Health and Social Services has signed funding agreements with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to implement two projects focused on improving the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients in the NWT.

“This is important work towards improving services available for cancer patients and their families,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “These projects will help provide better access and availability for culturally appropriate services, so that patients can make informed decisions throughout their cancer journey.”

The Dialogue and Storywork project will combine oral traditions with multimedia to document cancer stories that will be used to enhance understanding between patients and health care providers of the unique needs and perspectives of Aboriginal cancer patients. The Continuity of Care project will improve community-based supports for cancer patients, from diagnosis through discharge and survivorship, while exploring other tools—such as telehealth technology—to meet the needs of patients in remote communities. Both projects will produce culturally appropriate resources for Aboriginal cancer patients.

“Advancing cancer control with and for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities is a priority for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer,” said Lee Fairclough, Vice-President, Strategy, Knowledge Management and Delivery at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “Initiatives like this one are intended to improve how we provide care in a culturally responsive and safe way.  It will be very rewarding to see the impact of this work in the NWT and across Canada.”

The Department of Health and Social Services prioritizes actions designed to ensure a well-coordinated, equitable, and culturally-appropriate health care system. These projects will strengthen the capacity of the NWT health system to provide high quality cancer care, extending benefits to all NWT residents.

For more information contact:

Umesh Sutendra,
A/Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel:           (867) 920-3368
Email:   [email protected]

Lenore Bromley
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Office: 416-915-9222 ext. 5781
[email protected]