First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women’s experiences of cancer survivorship: Protocol for the National Picture Project


  • Roanne Thomas University of Ottawa
  • Wendy Gifford University of Ottawa
  • Jennifer Poudrier University of Saskatchewan
  • Ryan Hamilton University of New Brunswick
  • Carolyn Brooks University of Saskatchewan
  • Tracy Scott Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Tricia Morrison University of Ottawa
  • Doris Warner Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Chad Hammond University of Ottawa


Little is known about First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) women's experiences with cancer, including how they relate to cultural and social factors such as geography, history, racism, identity, traditional values/practices and spirituality. Research into FNIM women's strengths and challenges in relation to cancer is much needed. Our team, in partnership with Saint Elizabeth Health, is documenting the experiences and needs of 60 FNIM cancer survivors across Canada, using sharing sessions, photography (photovoice), journaling and film. We will evaluate the impact of photography and journaling on the participants to assist with the future development of supportive programs and health care delivery. This innovative research will result in a video, which will address gaps in knowledge and care. The video will then be screened in several communities and will be publicly available. In future projects, the findings and video will be used in supportive programs for cancer survivors and in educational initiatives for health professionals.

Author Biographies

Roanne Thomas, University of Ottawa

Canada Research Chair, Qualitative Health Research with Marginalized Populations Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Wendy Gifford, University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Jennifer Poudrier, University of Saskatchewan

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Ryan Hamilton, University of New Brunswick

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Carolyn Brooks, University of Saskatchewan

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Tracy Scott, Saint Elizabeth Health Care

Program Lead, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

Tricia Morrison, University of Ottawa

Occupational Therapist Part-time Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Doris Warner, Saint Elizabeth Health Care

Engagement Liaison, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

Chad Hammond, University of Ottawa

Postdoctoral fellow, School of Rehabilitation Sciences






Qualitative Study Protocols