Call for participants

Métis Cancer Treatment Journey Project

The MNO is seeking submissions from Métis citizens from across the province who are willing to share their personal cancer story and experience with the health care system. This may be your own personal story, or the experience of someone close to you (e.g. family member, close friend etc.)

Specifically, we are bringing together a group of 10 Métis citizens will be invited to participate in a two-day focus group meeting on December 4-5, 2013 in Ottawa. All participants’ travel costs (ground, air, etc.), meals and hotel costs will be covered by the MNO.

This project is intended to help us better understand the Métis Cancer Treatment Journey on issues such as access, quality of services, and care outcomes. The focus group will also help the MNO and its partners, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Cancer Care Ontario, learn about key quality and continuity of care issues facing Métis people in Ontario, and across the full spectrum of health care.

Interested individuals should submit a 1-2 page letter of interest by mail, email or fax, no later than 5:00p.m.( EST) Friday, November 15, 2013.

Your letter should include the following information:

  • Name and contact information (including your address with postal code; phone number where you can be contacted during the day; and your email address)
    • A brief description of your personal experience with cancer (e.g. type, length of time, treatment status etc.)
    • A brief explanation of why you are interested in the project and would like to be involved

We are particularly interested in hearing about the experiences of Métis people living in rural and northern communities as well as those living in more urban areas. For this reason, we will be selecting participants from various regions across the province.

Due to the limited resources available, it is possible that not all people who are interested in being involved will be selected, but all applicants will receive a response from the MNO and have an opportunity to provide their input in other ways.

In considering your involvement, please be assured that the MNO follows strict ethical guidelines in any research it undertakes.  Your privacy and the confidentiality of any information you provide will therefore be fully protected at all times. Your personal identity will not be revealed in any project research reports or publications, and you will not be identified in any other way.

Please know that your personal stories and insights about cancer are highly meaningful to MNO’s efforts to improve health care and treatment options for Métis citizens in Ontario. MNO staff will be on hand at all times during the two day session and will make every effort to ensure that you are comfortable and that the meeting is a positive experience that is carried out in a respectful, supportive environment.

All letters and other correspondence should be addressed to:

Whitney Montgomery
Chronic Disease Surveillance (CDSP) Project Coordinator
500 Old St Patrick Street, Unit D
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9G4
Tel.: 613-798-1488
Toll Free: 800-263-4889
Fax: 613-722-4225

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