Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Family Physician for Fort Chipewyan and Standoff, Medical Lead for the Aboriginal Health Program for Alberta Health Services South Zone, provides practical advice for physicians working with people in rural and northern communities.
“It’s very close-knit in our communities; we know one another. I’m practically related to everybody in this community one way or another. You know to me they’re all my brothers and sisters and at the end of the day I knew I had to have a communications plan in place because of the role that I had to play in this community.” Alan, band councilor for St. Mary’s First Nation.
“If you just focus on the disease, you miss the whole person.” For many First Nations people in Canada, getting cancer treatment isn’t as simple as driving to the nearest hospital. This infographic shows just how complicated it can be.
Dr. André Corriveau, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health and Social Services, Northwest Territories, outlines the challenges for First Nations, Inuit and Métis with regards to cancer control in the North, and discusses the Northwest Territories’ cancer control strategy.
These resources aim to help health-care professionals provide culturally safe health-care environments when caring for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients.
Developed by Saint Elizabeth, @YourSide Colleague is an online professional development and knowledge sharing program that delivers knowledge to health-care providers working in First Nation communities that face barriers such as distance, severe weather and staff shortages when seeking access to information about prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, palliative and end-of-life care.