Underserved Populations Program

Finding the path to better cancer care together

The Underserved Populations Program is here to help people who due to geography, language, culture, or other barriers, may have trouble getting screened for cancer or receiving cancer treatment and support.

Our team strives to:

  • Support patients and families who may face additional challenges.
  • Build relationships in underserved communities.
  • Educate and support Health-care providers with health equity issues.
  • Address system issues that cause barriers or delays.

Contact Us:

CC21-825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5
Toll-free 1-855-881-4395
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Education and Liaison Nurse work with patients, families, and their health-care providers, who may have some additional needs along their cancer journey.
Patients and family members can talk directly to the nurse about their journey and available resources. They can assist health-care providers to obtain efficient service for their patients, from the point of suspicion of cancer through treatment, follow up and palliative care.

The education and liaison nurse can be reached at 204-787-4583, toll-free 1-855-881-4395 or (cell) 204-799-0971.

Cancer Patient Support Webinars from a First Nations Perspective

Cancer Patient Support Webinars - Upcoming Sessions

Chickadee Richard Biography

Benais Quimiwin Ikwe — Thunder Rain Woman, or Chickadee Richard, is a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation, raised alongside the west side of Lake Manitoba. She is a mother of three biological children and two adopted sons, a Grandmother of seven children, and an aunt or grandmother to many in the Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. She has worked alongside many great grassroots leaders of the Indigenous communities in making safe places for our people.

Chickadee has done a lot of community capacity building in creating and delivering workshops. She is a proud Anishinaabekwe who has dedicated her life to the betterment of the life of our land, our water, and our Indigenous communities. She has been a believer and educator for change and for justice for many years, regionally and nationally, by creating awareness and sharing the strength and beauty of our Indigenous culture. She has worked with people who are open and willing to change the current ways that still harm our land, waters, and our people’s ways of life.

Miriam Duff Biography

Miriam Duff is a counselling clinician at CancerCare Manitoba, serving children and families, as well as adults dealing with cancer. She completed her Master of Education in Counselling at the University of Manitoba and holds professional designations as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), related to serving children and families at Children’s Hospital for many years. She has received teacher training in Mindful Self-Compassion and recently completed a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy where she was introduced to drumming.

Miriam was born in Northern Ontario on Treaty 9 land to parents from settler roots, originating in England and Scotland. She has a deep respect for Indigenous teachings, which she is continuing to learn about, and is aware of the harms done in the past, including Residential Schools. She is committed to moving forward in a good way on a path to reconciliation together. Miriam lives in Winnipeg, she is a wife and mother with two adult children and two cats. She enjoys spending time with family, drumming with Buffalo Gals drummers when possible, and getting out in nature, especially in her red kayak. She has been told that the kayak is the “sports car of the paddling world’ – she likes to take hers out for a spin on the LaSalle River.

Community Engagement Opportunities

We want to work with underserved communities and our partners in care to build relationships, trust, and sustainable solutions to reduce the burden of cancer. Our goal is to engage with patients, survivors, families, and communities to help improve the cancer journey. If you feel you have something to share with one of our advisory committees, please be in touch. 

Current Committees include:

  • Underserved Population Advisory Group
  • First Nation, Metis, Inuit Partnership Committee
  • Advisory Group on Frail Elderly Patients
  • Newcomers Advisory Group – coming soon
  • Manitoba Cancer Network.

First Nations Patient Guide

This handbook provides information about cancer, introduces patients to their health care team, and helps patients get ready for their first appointment at CancerCare Manitoba. This guide also lists different services for First Nations patients, including getting connected with Non-Insured Health Benefits and Health Canada to help with treatment and travel.

CancerCare Manitoba Underserved Population Program (part of the Community Oncology Program) spoke to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit patients and family members about their experiences of being diagnosed with cancer. This video describes, from a patient’s perspective, how to deliver cancer information in a respectful way.

Newsletter - Finding the Path

Want to keep up with the activities of the Underserved Populations Program? We publish a newsletter twice a year!
If you would like hard copies of our newsletter, please contact us at changingthepath@cancercare.mb.ca.  

Newsletters available for download here: