Queen’s University Indigenous Health Art Installation Application Form 2022
Call for Indigenous Artist Expressions of Interest – Art Installation at Queen’s Medicine!
It is important to ensure future physicians start their training in a space that visibly honours Indigenous peoples and cultures, starting at the local level. As advised through our community consultation, the The Queen’s Indigenous Health Standing Committee (IHSC) seeks to commission ONE (1) artwork from an Indigenous artist, which aligns with ONE (1) or more of the following three themes to be displayed in the Queen’s School of Medicine Building in Kingston, ON:
- Theme 1: “Wholistic” health and wellbeing
- Theme 2: Truth and Reconciliation actualized in medicine (with special attention to)
- Call to Action #18: We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to acknowledge that the current state of Aboriginal health in Canada is a direct result of previous Canadian government policies, including residential schools, and to recognize and implement the health-care rights of Aboriginal people as identified in international law, constitutional law, and under the Treaties.
- Call to Action #23: We call upon all levels of government to:
i. Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field.
ii. Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities.
iii. Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals.
- Call to Action #24: We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
- Theme 3: Traditional healing and medicines reflective of the land and communities in geographic proximity to Queen’s University
We aim to employ art as a symbolic supplement to our active evolution of Indigenous curriculum and community engagement. This will be a visible and assertive demonstration of support, engagement, and representation of Indigenous culture within the Queen’s School of Medicine.