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Resources for Indigenous patients and families

The Ottawa Hospital is committed to creating culturally safe and respectful spaces for patients and families who identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  


Indigenous patients and families are welcome to hold smudging ceremonies at The Ottawa Hospital. Please talk to your care team if you would like to smudge during your time here. 

TOH has smudge kits available for patients and families, or you may use your own traditional medicines. You are also welcome to bring in a member of your community to perform 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 

Located near the Cancer Centre at TOH’s General Campus, the Windòcàge Community Room is available to all First Nation, Inuit and Metis patients and family members as a quiet space for relaxation, reflection or ceremony. Windòcàge is an Algonquin word meaning “to lend a hand”.   

Speak to your care team to use Windòcàge for smudging. 

The Indigenous Cancer Program 

TOH Established the Champlain Indigenous Cancer Program in 2015 to help improve the cancer care experience of Indigenous Peoples. 

Get details on the Indigenous Cancer Program at TOH, including how to connect with the program team. 

Last updated on: October 20th, 2023