When the Archdiocese of Ottawa – now led by the Most Reverend Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ – gave Kateri Native Ministry access to a beautiful 230-acre property on the south side of the Ottawa River, we felt truly blessed and that providence was taking hold. We give thanks to the Algonquin Nation for the privilege of sharing this unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory. We gave the land the name Naategamaa, which means peaceful waters in Algonquin, and it has become a turning point for our ministry.
In Indigenous spirituality, land is the Earth we walk on, and the provider of everything we need to live. For healing and training to have the greatest effect for Indigenous peoples, encountering the Creator on the land is essential. We host a number of events at Naategamaa, from masses and workshops to residential school commemorations. We envision the land as a cornerstone for the future of our ministry.