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Our Conference Logo: A Commitment to Indigenous Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Health

We are particularly delighted to share that our National Conference Planning Committee has dedicated significant attention to Indigenous Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Health in our Conference Program and in our Conference Imagery. In partnership with our Indigenous Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Core Program, this focus underscores our commitment to inclusive healthcare practices.


The image of a wheat stem adorning a cowboy hat pays homage to the profound heritage of Indigenous farming in the Prairies.

This commitment is elegantly symbolized in our 43rd National Conference logo, which draws inspiration from the Indigenous Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Core Program logo, thoughtfully designed by Thomas H. Anderson.


The logo is an intricate fusion of symbolism and history. The image of a wheat stem adorning a cowboy hat pays homage to the profound heritage of Indigenous farming in the Prairies.


The White Cowboy hat, emblematic of Calgary’s “western hospitality,” welcomes visitors to the city while simultaneously evoking memories of the celebrated Calgary Stampede. This annual event, held since 1918, is a dynamic convergence of cowboys, fairgoers, and First Nations, rooted in the century-old legacy of First Nations Treaty 7. The Stampede holds a special place as a safe haven for First Nations people to honor their culture and traditions.


Furthermore, it is worth noting that elements integral to Prairie Indigenous culture, such as Bolo Ties, Cowboy Hats, Cowboy Boots, and turquoise jewelry, have significantly influenced and shaped these iconic symbols.


For an in-depth exploration of the story behind our Indigenous Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Health Core Program’s logo, we invite you to visit here. The logo, aptly titled “Family: A Story of Healing,” encapsulates the essence of unity, diversity, and healing.


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