Dene Nahjo announced a four day workshop for women and girls to restore the inter generational rites of passage traditions that were disrupted by residential schools and colonization.
The workshop will be held in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) at the end of August for 30 participants from across the North. It will be guided by Elders Rebecca Martell of the Sîkîp Sâkahikan First Nation and Ethel Lamothe of the Líídlii Ku´e´ First Nation.
“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.”
The program is expected to assist emerging women leaders to be more aware of their personal roles and strengths, and help to develop inter-generational relationships. The workshop will offer a safe space to learn about and connect with Indigenous values and ceremony.
Women can apply until June 2, 2017 online.