QCH Foundation Land Acknowledgement

Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation acknowledge that our facilities, located in the heart of west Ottawa, are on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation.

We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land. We express gratitude towards the Indigenous peoples who have and will continue to steward these lands.

The Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation teams are actively engaged in training and education related to reconciliation and decolonization. We promote inclusivity for all with the underlying objective of establishing meaningful relationships within Indigenous communities and helping advance reconciliation through honest and courageous conversations.

We are honoured to have a custom work of art created by Métis artist, Colleen Gray, representing the deep connection between the land and the healing power it has for our community. The painting will be on display in the QCH Foundation office.

The name of the piece is ‘Community Spirit – Ginawaydaganuc’ – Ginawadaganuc in the Algonquin language means ‘we are all connected/related.’

About the Work of Art

Wolves are community animals dependent on the health and cooperation of the pack to thrive. It is because of their attention to the health of the pack that they are able to grow strong and live in a good way. Birds often work in conjunction with wolves, helping them to find food and calling out when they’ve discovered something interesting.

Birds symbolize freedom and the ability to rise above.

A full Grandmother Moon watches over us, equally sharing her gentle light with love and generosity for all the people.

The Laurentian Mountain range backs the mighty Ottawa River as we live and grow as a community of caring individuals coming together to support one another so we can all grow strong and live in a good way.