Hotıì ts'eeda was the principal funder for the Territorial Cancer Survivors’ Retreat for Women on October 18-20, 2019 in Yellowknife, hosted by the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action. Funding ensured that women from all across the territory were able to travel to Yellowknife to take part in this healing workshop.
The retreat opened and closed with prayers and words of healing from Elder Be’sha Blondin. Sessions included: Art of Healing; Eat to Heal; Dance and Stretch; Restorative Yoga; Healing Medicine; Healthy Products for Your Home; and Self Compassion. Participants also had ample time to build relationships with each other informally which have extended beyond the retreat.
Indigenous Community Health Representatives were vital in promoting the retreat and reaching out personally to women who have experienced cancer in their communities.