The Ceremony and Transitions Research Project explores connections between youth engagement in cultural rights-of-passage ceremonies and in eliminating gender-based violence.

The study’s findings showed that youths’ leadership and participation in cultural ceremonies help them become more grounded in their sense of self, which in turn leads them toward a more balanced life free from violence.

The forthcoming final research report of Ceremony and Transitions documents the work of four community partners: Ininew Friendship Centre in Cochrane, St. David Catholic School in Sudbury, Ohero:kon (Under the Husk) at Six Nations of the Grand River, and N’Amerind Friendship Centre in London. In every community, the work to end gender-based violence and support traditional Indigenous knowledge transmission was already underway. The Ceremony and Transitions Research Project created an important opportunity to engage local community researchers to document and support these efforts, greatly expand the reach of cultural activities and knowledge transmission opportunities, generate wise practices and learn from each other on how successful violence prevention efforts can be further grown.

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