Connections with the Land

Indigenous Elders with extensive and diverse experience in land-based cultural activities were interviewed with the goal of learning from their collective wisdom and knowledges:

  1. How do land-based cultural retreats promote healing in Indigenous persons with lived HIV, hepatitis C
    (HCV) or co-infection experience?
  2. How can we maximize the effectiveness of land-based cultural retreats in terms of elucidating positive
    wellness outcomes and healing?
  3. How can we integrate land-based research into the praxis/research relationship?



Most of our team lives and works on Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The original peoples of these lands are the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis. Others are based in Vancouver, on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We encourage everyone, wherever they are, to learn about the Indigenous people of the lands on which they live and work. We seek to become engaged allies together. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we respect the self-determination of First Nations, Métis and Inuit – in their cultures, languages and their pursuit of wellness.

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