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.