Indigenous Cancer Care

Resources for newly diagnosed indigenous people

Please find resources for Indigenous cancer care on You will find a booklet Guide to Cancer Care in Alberta for Newly Diagnosed Indigenous People (a patient resource), and a video series called Dialogue and Storywork in Support of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Patients throughout Oncology and Primary Care (a resource for staff and patients).

Indigenous Cancer Care Experiences:

Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator


Indigenous Cancer Care - Lori Kirkaldy
Lori Kirkaldy’s, aboriginal cancer navigator, Cross Cancer Institute Photo by Buffy Goodman

Bridging the Cultural Gap

Lori Kirkaldy helps aboriginal cancer patients navigate the system

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A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. Patient Navigators can help guide cancer patients through the complex health system

Patient Navigator Program

We Stand with Patients During Their Cancer Journey

Going forward, don’t think that the only measure of success is a cure for cancer. This type of research will make treatments easier for people like me and improve our chance of success. That’s all I can ask for.

- Seven-time Ironman triathlete, Colin Hacket, diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer at age 34.

My wife Jan died in February 2012. Jan was a wonderful mom, grandma, wife and a good friend to all. She would be happy with what we’re doing. I’ve already received thank you letters from people who benefited from the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Patient Financial Assistance Program and it’s heartwarming.

- Tom Crist, donor Patient Financial Assistance Program

My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 50 and she lived with it until she was 81. When people are faced with a diagnosis, they inevitably have a lot of questions. Being able to reach out to a patient navigator just brings people peace of mind and that makes me and my family feel good.

- Keith MacPhail, Donor Patient Navigator Program

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