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How we measure cancer in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations

We have created educational resources to explain how cancer is measured in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations. These videos cover:

  • The four main types of cancer statistics (incidence, mortality, survival and prevalence)
  • Why these statistics are important
  • How we compare cancer in different populations
  • How we collect cancer information in Ontario

Our goal is to help people looking at cancer reports to understand the meaning of cancer statistics and how to use them in health planning and priority setting. First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) planners, policy makers, and health care staff can refer to these videos when they are looking at cancer statistics for their populations and communities.

Printed Guide

A printed guide explaining cancer statistics is also available for partners and communities who may not have web access. Please contact if you would like copies of this guide mailed to you.


Feel free to use parts of the videos for non-commercial purposes. If you do use something from these videos, please make sure to acknowledge Cancer Care Ontario with the following citation:

Cancer Care Ontario, Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit: How we measure cancer in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, 2017.

If you have any questions about using these materials, please contact

Our Thanks

These videos were developed with the help of people from FNIM organizations and other groups who are concerned with cancer in FNIM communities. Together these groups have given us guidance about what works when trying to explain cancer numbers.

The project team thanks the following groups for their participation in this knowledge exchange project: Chiefs of Ontario, Métis Nation of Ontario, Inuit Service Providers Relationship Table, First Nation Communities—community members and health wellness workers, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Canadian Cancer Society, Regional Cancer Programs—Cancer Care Ontario and the Joint Ontario Aboriginal Cancer Committee (JOACC).

Last modified: Thu, Nov 09, 2017
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