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Ceremonial Burning

December 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Since the First of November, as trans people, we have walked the boundaries between the worlds. We have visited with our ancestors and have heard their voices. We have greeted the departed, those we know, and those we know only of by the conditions of their leaving.

Now it is time on this Winter’s Solstice to share the parting cup and return to our separate paths, each world moving into its charted cycle. The mortal world to spring forth in new life in just a few cycles of the moon. We know that those we have visited with will never be far from our thoughts or our hearts.

We have gathered slips of paper with our words, Wands with our bindings The bits and pieces that have marked this journey through the Season of Remembrance. These, along with the tears we have collected and cherished we now relinquish to the flame, the ashes to be cast into our Mother Sea.

We have traveled there and back again, and now with eyes cleared from the tears we shed, we see new paths into the freshening year.

Come, be with us in this moment.

Cultural Support by TSow Tun Le Lum

Emotional Support by Spectra Consulting

Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) builds on Indigenous traditions of data gathering and knowledge transfer to create, disseminate, and put into action research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. SBI is committed to:

Conducting, supporting, and mobilizing culturally-informed and community-engaged research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people

Uplifting Indigenous researchers, knowledge keepers, and data visualists in their work to research and disseminate data on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people

Empowering Indigenous communities and nations to continue their work to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people, through data-driven partnerships that enhance research efforts, develop best practices, and transform data to action to protect and heal their peoples.

SBI is a home for generating new knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence. In the spirit of building such freedom, SBI is strongly committed to upholding the sovereignty of all bodies Indigenous peoples hold sacred–our physical bodies, nations, land, and water–and does not accept grants from colonial governments or extractive industries. Similarly, SBI’s work is not limited by colonial borders, concepts of gender, politics of identity or recognition, or ways of knowing. SBI honors the epistemologies and lifeways of indigenous peoples, and is bound by accountability to the land, our ancestors, and each other. SBI is an Affiliate of Seventh Generation Fund, a non-profit at the forefront of Indigenous leadership for 40 years. (from their website)


December 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


0_CHI Our Community Health Initiative
888 241 9992


Grove of Souls – Bastion Square
1219 -1/2 Langley St
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W2 Canada
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888 241 9992
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