First Nations, Inuit and Métis

Working together to improve access to culturally appropriate cancer care

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a long history of working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to advance action on the cancer care priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. In 2015, the Partnership was called to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and with our partners we are supporting 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 healthcare delivery, increase the number of First Nation, Inuit and Métis healthcare professionals working in cancer control, improve their retention within the health care system and improve the cultural competency of all healthcare 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 across cancer care that benefit all First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada.