Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers Menu

Cancer Screening Program For Indigenous Women

Service updates for appointments at WCH

  • If you have an upcoming in person appointment at Women’s College Hospital and you have a fever, cough, or new onset of shortness of breath, have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, tested positive for COVID-19, or been instructed to self-isolate by Public Health please do not come to the hospital, call the clinic directly for more information.
  • The hospital is open only to patients with appointments, please see our care partner & visitor restrictions information.
  • Your appointment may be changed to a virtual visit using the telephone or over video. Learn how to set-up a video visit.
  • You will receive a call from us with any changes to your appointment.

Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers & WCH The Indigenous Health Education Group

WCH CANCER SCREENING_PPT SLIDE_v4.jpg (1.01 MB)The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers is proud to host its second and third Cancer Screening Events for Indigenous Women. From the first screening, completed in December 2018, participants welcomed a program that pursued informed consent and cultural safety, to help lessen some of the barriers many Indigenous women face related to cancer screening and this program continues to promote a pathway for narrowing the health care gaps marginalized peoples face. To commemorate the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), this year’s Cancer screening for Indigenous Women is scheduled on Sept. 13, 2019. The second date— Sept. 30, 2019 — observes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please join us in honouring this journey by wearing an Orange Shirt to show unified support.

For both upcoming events, Indigenous women will have opportunities to support one another through the cancer screening process in a safe and culturally sensitive environment. have access to holistic supports and support from WCH Elder-in -Residence Senator Constance Simmonds, receive transportation assistance, enjoy a lunch of traditional Indigenous cuisine, and receive a customary giveaway.

This program employs collaborative, community-based approach to culturally specific, safe and informed Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings with partnerships from the Native Canadian Centre Toronto and Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program – Cancer Care Ontario and WCH’s new Indigenous Health Education Group.  

For more information or to participate in the program, please e-mail:

If you have any questions about WCH’s Indigenous Health Education Group or wish to speak to Elder Senator Constance please email:

Fully affiliated with

A member of