New resource will help Inuit with cancer

07 February 2017

Ottawa -

Inuit in Canada have much higher rates of cancer incidence and death than the rest of the population. They also have low cancer knowledge and understanding. That’s why the Canadian Cancer Society partnered with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada to provide easy-to-understand and culturally appropriate resources for this population. The partnership is funded by Jaguar Land Rover Canada (JLR). The long-term goal is to increase awareness and understanding of cancer among Inuit and improve health outcomes.

Today, Pauktuutit is excited to launch Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara – My Journey. This practical new guide, which can be found in the resources section of our Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara – My Journey website, includes two booklets for Inuit living with cancer.

Booklet one topics include:

  • I have been diagnosed with cancer. Now what?

  • Talking about cancer with family and friends

  • What is cancer?

  • Your treatment options

  • Meet your healthcare team

  • Going to an urban cancer centre for treatment

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices

  • Life after cancer treatment

Booklet two, a personal journal, includes:

  • My personal bill of rights

  • My diagnosis

  • Questions for my healthcare team

  • My support team

  • Blank journal pages

  • My treatment plan

  • My appointments

  • List of medicines

  • Monthly calendar

The booklets contain Inuit-specific cancer resources that are medically accurate, culturally and linguistically appropriate and accessible to Inuit cancer patients and their families, friends and healthcare providers. The booklets have been translated into three dialects of Inuktitut so far – North Baffin, Nunavik and Inuinnaqtun – and will be distributed to the five urban cancer centres (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and St John’s) that Inuit from the North travel to for cancer care. These new resources ensure that, like all Canadians, Inuit have access to accurate cancer information. They will have a lasting impact on Inuit today and for generations to come.

About Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Pauktuutit is the national non-profit organization representing all Inuit women in Canada. Its mandate is to foster a greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women and to encourage their participation in community, regional and national concerns in relation to health, social, cultural and economic development. For more information, visit pauktuutit.ca.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands:  Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.

The company employs almost 38,000 people globally, with more than 40 in Canada and supports around 275,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil and India and Slovakia.

At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to create class-leading products that deliver great customer experiences.  The largest investor in R&D in the UK manufacturing sector, we have invested £12 billion (CAD$20.8 billion) in the last five years and in the current year alone will spend over £3 billion (CAD$5.2 billion) on new product creation and capital expenditure. Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold 487,065 vehicles in 160 countries, with more than 80% of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.

For more information:

Chaneesa Ryan 
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
613-238-3977 ext. 238