Somba K’e, Denendeh, May 8, 2017 — This summer, Dene Nahjo is proud to be hosting a four-day workshop for women and girls aimed at restoring the intergenerational rites of passage traditions that were disrupted by residential school and colonization.
Guided by Elders Rebecca Martell of the Sîkîp Sâkahikan First Nation and Ethel Lamothe of the Łíídlįį Kų́ę́ First Nation, the Woman’s Sacred Journey workshop will offer a safe space to learn about and connect with Indigenous values and ceremony, and provide the tools for increased capacity in self-determination, wisdom and wellness within Northern communities and families.
“A rites of passage ceremony marks the transition from one phase of life to another,” says Rites of Passage project lead Melaw Nakehk’o. “There are many passages in life and Indigenous women have carried on those traditions in the North since time immemorial. This workshop will provide a sacred space to transmit those core values, responsibilities and traditional teachings so that they can be passed on to future generations.”
As an exercise in self-exploration focused on the teachings of the life cycle from childhood to adulthood and motherhood, the program will assist emerging women leaders to be more aware of their personal roles and strengths, and help to develop inter-generational relationships that bring the importance of women’s health and wellbeing to the forefront.
The workshop will take place August 28 to 31, 2017 in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) and has space for 30 participants from across the North. Applications for the Woman’s Sacred Journey rites of passage workshop are being accepted now until June 2, 2017. To apply, please visit: https://goo.gl/wMp4JD
Dene Nahjo’s mission is to advance social and environmental justice for Northern people while promoting Indigenous leadership and fostering emerging leaders. We strive to live, learn and celebrate our cultures, languages and Indigenous values on the land, guided by our Elders, and believe the solutions to the problems we see in our communities are rooted in the teachings of our ancestors. Dene Nahjo is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives.
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