|Purpose: ||This community-based 18 month-project aims to break the cycle of violence in the lives of 288 Aboriginal women and girls in four northern Ontario First Nations communities. Women and girls will revitalize Aboriginal cultural connections, practices and identities as a means of ending violence. They will participate in traditional ceremonial gatherings led by Grandmother Elders. Through the ceremonies, women and girls will foster new awareness and understanding of themselves and begin healing journeys, access valuable local resources, create strong support networks, and develop an empowered voice and self-confidence to make positive changes in their lives. This project will also be a training ground for apprentice healers who will carry out these cultural practices over the long term.