Fancy C. Poitras

Fancy C. Poitras has been a member and volunteer with Dying with Dignity Canada since 2011. In 2016, she started volunteering as a chapter administrator with the Vancouver Chapter.

Fancy has a Masters of Public Policy and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in social policy issues from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Alberta.

She works in public policy and is currently employed with the First Nations Health Authority. Among her files, she is the policy lead for the Palliative and End-of-Life Care file. Previously, she worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Canada in Ottawa, at Employment and Social Development Canada, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

She is a member of Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, AB (Treaty 8), and she grew up primarily in the Northwest Territories.

Viewpoint

I believe that people must have all options available to them as they face the end of their journey, including access to both palliative care AND assisted dying. Health partners across federal, provincial and territorial systems must work to ensure timely access to quality end-of-life care and to remove barriers faced by individuals and their loved ones, so they may choose the supports they wish to have in support of a dignified death.