Rooting Analysis in Ceremony
At the January 2019 in-person meeting in Thunder Bay, Mamow Ahyamowen had the opportunity to look at the first draft of the mortality analysis. After looking at the preliminary reports, the Partnership decided to take a deeper dive into three areas:
- Chronic Conditions and
- Mental Health and Addictions
It was important for us to remember that Research is Ceremony and that the three analyses should be rooted in First Nations practices.
Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) came forward to provide the virtual Ceremony in March 2022 with an Elder from their region – to honour the people behind the data and ensure that we are conducting the analysis in a Good Way and with the best of intentions.
During the ceremony, the Elder advised Mamow Ahyamowen that there should be three more ceremonies to honour all four directions of the Partnership. We are in the process of working with Partners to respect this request and conduct three additional ceremonies.
Chi-miigwech (many thanks) to Elder George Land from Wabaaseemoong First Nation, Lucille McKenzie, Health Promotion Manager and Mamow Ahyamowen Steering Committee member from KCA, and the Cultural Support Services Department at KCA for providing the virtual Ceremony for Mamow Ahyamowen.