This 35.5-minute documentary is the third in an award-winning series of three stand-alone films, called Promising Practices. The films highlight how Indigenous communities in Canada are utilizing culture to enhance health outcomes.
Filmed on location in Nova Scotia, it focuses on a community that is addressing HIV and Hepatitis C; utilizing harm reduction, and by using cultural practices along with other evidence-based methods.
The film also includes topics of high suicide rates, drug addiction and other health issues that drive high rates of HIV and Hepatitis C. The narrative is told through interviews with community leaders, health care professionals and those with lived experiences.
Recognizing a need for change, this community started by examining their policies and methods. Facing challenges such as resistance, stigma and discrimination, they began designing innovative ways to create change, integrating cultural practices and ceremony into healthcare with a holistic approach.