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About Land-Based Healing | Nature for Healing

The Land-Based Healing | Nature for Healing program, launched out of Children's Hospital in the London Health Sciences Centre, aims to enhance patient and family healthcare experience through increased exposure to nature, both inside and outside. Research has shown that connecting with nature positively impacts the healthcare experience of patients and families, and has a variety of mental and emotional health benefits for patients. Through the Land-Based Healing | Nature for Healing program, healthcare providers will be encouraged to prescribe connecting with nature to their patients, either inside or outside, where appropriate. The program will also place a focus on increasing and monitoring the development of indoor and outdoor naturalized areas at Children’s Hospital, so that there are suitable spaces for everyone to connect with nature. 

Land-Based Healing
Nature for Healing

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Led by Dr. Anna Gunz and Nicole Yawney, our team is comprised of passionate and dedicated individuals who are excited about the positive benefits that nature has to offer. 

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that Children's Hospital's campus is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee , Lūnaapéewak and Chonnonton Nations, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.  The work of ChEHC ON and the Planetary Health & Sustainability programs are grounded in deep respect for this wampum covenant and we are dedicated to learn to honour the Haudenosaunee Seven Generations Principle in our actions. We practice planetary health, and understand that our health, as people, is connected in a reciprocal relationship to all other living things, and we must work together to find solutions and processes that improve health for all.  We will continue to listen, learn and partner with people from the many Nations that we serve to help promote the health of the people and the land, respecting Indigenous health sovereignty and making space for medicine and healing in parallel with our care.

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