Indigenous ritual and ceremony have brought together and supported Indigenous peoples. To deal with the loss of her mother, professional caregiver Colette McCombs draws on this Indigenous heritage. Through traditions like the Sunrise Ceremony, she connects with her ancestors and participates in a healing circle. Elder Grey Cloud James Carpenter leads the gathering and reminds participants that death in the Indigenous worldview is the highest ceremony – one that no one can avoid and should be celebrated as part of a transition from the material to the spiritual world.

Produced by Kitab Productions