First Nations, Inuit and Métis

Working together to improve access to culturally appropriate cancer care

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer was called to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to support the implementation of health-related Calls to Action #22, 23 and 24. These Calls to Action focus on the need to increase First Nation, Inuit and Métis healing practices in health care delivery, increase the number of First Nation, Inuit and Métis health care professionals working in cancer control, improve their retention within the health care system and to improve the cultural competency of all health care workers.

In addition, the Partnership is looking beyond these specific Calls to others where we could play a role, such as Call to Action #19 that focuses on working in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The Partnership is committed to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Through our work and partnerships, we continue to support self-determined, Peoples-specific solutions for sustainable system change that benefit all First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada.

Calls to action


We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian healthcare system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients


We call upon all levels of government to:

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field.
  • Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities.
  • Provide cultural competency training for all health-care professionals


We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.