Land acknowledgement

An effort towards reconciliation

I acknowledge that Atelier Smile is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for several First Nations. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we settlers gather and live today. The Kanien’kehá:ka have historical and ongoing presence on the island and two communities bordering Montreal: Kahnawà:ke and Kanehsatá:ke. 

intentionally write this acknowledgment as a first step towards a future that undoes the damage done by centuries of colonialism.  Atelier Smile is a healthcare organization with deep rooted values of community wellness. As a dental hygienist, I will work by better understanding First Nations cultures and values to prevent disease, help improve oral health, and overall health.

I identify as a recent person of colour arrival to this territory. I was born on this land, and am part of a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. I respect the continued connections with the past, present and future of the people of Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. I will work to understand and dismantle and disrupt colonialism alongside my Indigenous and other neighbors. 

-Roshni Desai, RDH




Atelier Smile - Land acknowledgement

Professional publications

Newspaper articles

With the world being more and more accessible on our smartphones, there is still a lack of information for some. Whether its for accessibility reasons, or just for a taste of the familiar, local and neighborhood newspapers still have an important place in our communities. This is why Atelier Smile chooses to invest time and money in local newspapers. Here is a link to an article that appeared in The Suburban in Spring 2022.

Atelier Smile - Professional publications

Independent dental hygiene practice

What does it mean?

The idea of seeing one's dental hygienist outside of a dentist owned office is still pretty new in Quebec. There are advantages, for the professional and for the patient. Check out page 7 of this edition of the Westmount Independent to see my ideas on the subject!

Atelier Smile - Independent dental hygiene practice
Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec
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