Red Tent of the Prairies History
Red Tent of the Prairies was formed on December 14th, 2020. It is an Indigenous youth-led, grassroots organization created in response to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 99 Calls to Action. The Canadian Roots Exchange funds our programs, keeping them free and accessible.
Red Tent of the Prairies engages with both Indigenous and non-indigenous womxn in the prairie provinces of Canada. Throughout the pandemic we created a virtual platform for guest speakers, elders, and knowledge keepers to be in circle with the youth. Red Tent of the Prairies works to preserve and increase access to Indigenous womxn’s medicines.
Indigenous womxn’s teachings include: the sacredness of menstruation and hormone balancing practices through the use of traditional plant medicines. Currently, The Indigenous Birth Project is working to archive the Indigenous rites of passage surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.
Red Tent of the Prairies is an ally with the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex + community. We acknowledge that not all people who menstruate and give birth identify as womxn. We chose to use the word womxn in our work because it recognizes gender identity is not binary and one word can be inclusive to multiple gender expressions.
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Indigenous-led initiative helping womxn reconnect to ancient cultural teachings through providing access to education, resources and community.
Red Tent Values