Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator

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What is an Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator?
The Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator helps First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Urban Indigenous (FNIMUI) cancer patients and their families in the Toronto Central Region (TCR) by supporting them through their cancer care journey. This is done in collaboration with various cancer care site networks within the Toronto Central Region. Currently ICPN provides navigation services for the following locations:

What is an Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator?
The Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator helps First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Urban Indigenous (FNIMUI) cancer patients and their families in the Toronto Central Region (TCR) by supporting them through their cancer care journey. This is done in collaboration with various cancer care site networks within the Toronto Central Region. Currently ICPN provides navigation services for the following locations:

2 Cancer Centres:
1) Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (including all University Health Network sites)
2) Odette (Sunnybrook) Cancer Centre

5 Hospitals (Care sites) located on Indigenous Land:
1) Mount Sinai Hospital
2) St. Michael’s Hospital
3) St. Joseph’s Hospital (joint with Providence Healthcare)
4) Women’s College Hospital
5) Michael Garron Hospital (previously Toronto East General)

Who is the Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator in the Toronto Central Region?
Leonard Benoit is the ICPN in this region. Leonard is Qalipu Mi’Kmag First Nations from the territory of Newfoundland and Labrador. His spirit name is Circling Wolf and he is Wolf Clan.He has a valid Ontario Nursing license and has been practicing for 19 years. He has worked in acute care, community care and corrections. Leonard has also been a volunteer nurse in the Dominican Republic.

How does the ICPN support patients and families?
For patients: Leonard can answer questions about what to expect at upcoming appointments or tests, introduce them to the health care providers, find out more information about cancer and treatment, connect with spiritual support, as well as in the community. He is able to support patient requests to smudge, have a Pipe Ceremony, Cedar bath and other spiritual ceremonies. Whenever possible, Leonard is also able to connect patients with community members, programs, and supports as well as Elders/ Traditional Knowledge Keepers/ Traditional Healers/ Kookums.

How do patients request to see the ICPN?
Patients/family members may ask your health care provider to make the referral/call on your behalf or you can contact Leonard Benoit, our Regional Indigenous Cancer Patient Navigator directly.
Phone: (416) 864 6060 ext. 2422 or (64) 309 1794
Email: benoitl@smh.ca

For the health care team: Leonard can assist the team in understanding the Indigenous patient’s perspective, which then facilitates a more culturally relevant and safe patient experience. The healthcare provider can make a referral directly to the ICPN. You may also wish to visit our website trcp.ca for more information and resources related to the TCR - Indigenous Cancer Program.

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