Resources for Indigenous patients and families
At The Ottawa Hospital, we want to create culturally safe and respectful spaces for our patients and families who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous. A number of resources are available to support you.
The Ottawa Hospital acknowledges it is located upon the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin people. We have the privilege and responsibility to serve First Nations, Métis and Inuit of many backgrounds and from many treaty lands and to demonstrate respect for Indigenous people’s contributions and culture. We also acknowledge traditional knowledge and healing developed over countless generations.
Indigenous patients and families are welcome to hold smudging ceremonies at The Ottawa Hospital. Please talk to your care team about arranging a smudging ceremony.
Whenever possible, please give 24 hours’ notice if you would like to smudge inside the building so that required precautions can be taken.
The Windocage Community Room – General Campus
This room was designed in collaboration with community advisors to serve our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis patients and families. The room’s neutral colours and natural-looking materials are meant to reflect the natural world. We invite you to make use of the Windocage room to relax, reflect, and re-energize while you are at the hospital.
The Champlain Indigenous Cancer Program was established to help improve the cancer care experience of Indigenous people.
We support our Indigenous patients and their families by:
- Providing assistance navigating the health-care system
- Helping co-ordinate services
- Liaising with members of the health-care team to ensure continuity of care
- Assisting with access to language and translation services
- Providing support during clinic visits and other appointments
- Preparing patients for their first appointment within the cancer program
We work with our health care team to provide support and education to ensure the delivery of culturally sensitive and safe care.
We work with our regional partners to address system issues with the goal of improving the patient experience with cancer care and access to services.
To connect with or request services of a member of our Indigenous Cancer Program team, please contact Megan Ellis, Indigenous Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-737-7700 ext. 73607.
Stories from patients and families:
- Joellie Qaunaq: Buying time: 7hrs, 52 stitches
- Inuk patient shares his life story
- Nunavut mom met nurses who held her dying daughter’s hand
- Smudge procedure gives comfort to Indigenous patients and families
Last updated on: February 7th, 2020