Improving the Continuity of First Nations and Inuit Cancer Care in Manitoba

Improving the Continuity of First Nations and Inuit Cancer Care in Manitoba aimed to improve transitions between cancer care and primary care by enhancing communication between these systems, improving existing practices used to deliver cancer diagnosis to patients and families; and supporting the development of a strategic plan for self-identification in Manitoba.

Location: Manitoba

Timeline: 2014-2017

Funded partner: CancerCare Manitoba


  • Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
  • Cree National Tribal Health
  • Dakota Ojibway Tribal Health
  • First Nations, Inuit Health Branch
  • First Nations and Metis Health
  • Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
  • Northern Regional Health Authority
  • Northlands Denesuline First Nation
  • Sagkeeng First Nation
  • Southern Chiefs Organization
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Saint Elizabeth, First Nations, Inuit and Metis Program
  • Keewatin Tribal Health
  • Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak


  • CancerCare Manitoba’s Moving Forward After Cancer transition tools were adapted to ensure cultural safety and equal access for First Nations and Inuit patients.
  • Culturally responsive diagnosis delivery guidelines were developed and disseminated to improve practices aimed at delivering cancer diagnoses to patients and families.
  • A culturally responsive cancer Diagnosis Support Tool for patients for use by health care providers in a diagnosis delivery context was also created and incorporated into the training of health care providers to reduce patient and family stress after receiving a cancer diagnosis.