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Before the pandemic, Canadian Roots Exchange hosted land-based programs that rooted Indigenous youth in a landscape, surrounding them with its sights, sounds, and stories. In these programs, land is the educator that imbues youth with a sense of culture, history, and identity.
During a sweat lodge ceremony (a purification ceremony) which was hosted at a communal space, the youth experienced everything from beginning to end; they built the sweat lodges themselves, gathered together with the community, made the food, picked the medicines, laughed together, felt the kinship, and packed things up.
Melissa Compton, the manager of culture and wellness at Canadian Roots Excha
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