Ceremonies of Life:

Consent Sovereignty and Gender Equity and Wellness Through Togetherness

Led by Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

email info@awrcsasa.ca or call 902-863-6221

Project overview

Full name:

Ceremonies of Life: Sexual and Gender Wellness Through Togetherness


April 2020 to March 2023


Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

About the Project

The Ceremonies of Life Project uses the connections of community and culture to reclaim Indigenous sexuality and gender across all life stages. By conducting inter-generational, gender-inclusive, community research on sexual and gender wellness in the form of gatherings, Indigenous approaches to consent and accountability can be better understood and uplifted.

The research draws on ceremony, expert perspectives, lived experiences, diverse community feedback from youth and Elders of all genders, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Ceremonies of Life Project builds upon the years of work that Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation has led in Mi’kma’ki to address gender-based and sexualized violence.


Care of ourselves and of our communities is important to us. We continue to work, though in changed ways following public health guidelines related to the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Reach out via phone or email to know more about these changes.