In efforts to explore the full effects of cancer on the Métis community, we have partnered with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), CANHelp Working Group at the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Analytics and Reporting Branch, St. Elizabeth Health, and Cancer Control Alberta to develop and deliver culturally meaningful cancer resources and our Alberta Métis Cancer Strategy (AMCS).
Our strategy will be informed by qualitative data from engagements with Métis Albertans and their caregivers, focusing on their cancer journeys. It will also include epidemiological data, a literature review, and an environmental scan. The AMCS is intended to outline our future actions and provide recommendations for Cancer Control Alberta (CCA) to include in its Alberta Indigenous Cancer Action Plan.
The key goals of this project are to:
- ●Collect and share data specific to Métis Albertans. — We recently completed the updated cancer report: Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among the Métis Population of Alberta, Canada (2013 – 2019), to gain a better understanding of cancer incidence and mortality among Metis Albertans and facilitate meaningful interventions to alleviate the burden of cancer.
- ●Develop a cancer strategy with Métis self-determined priorities at its centre.
- ●Improve health care providers’ understanding of Métis Albertans’ experiences with cancer. — We are currently conducting our Nishtohtamihk li kaansyr (Understanding Cancer): Cancer Screening, Outcomes, and Experiences among Métis People in Alberta survey to gain a better understanding of Métis Albertans’ experiences with cancer screening.
- ●Understand the role of the MNA in engaging, learning from, and responding to the cancer needs of the Métis community.
- ●Develop and offer culturally meaningful resources to support Métis Albertans at all stages of their cancer journey. We have developed the following three resources:
- ●Create and share knowledge of Métis experiences with cancer with the community, project partners in the Alberta cancer system, and academic audiences.
- ●Develop and provide Métis Albertans and their families with supports and services responsive to their needs and experiences. The Compassionate Care Cancer Transportation Program is part of this goal.
Our AMCS will be used to inform future cancer supports and services delivered through the Department of Health.
This project is funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).