The process of undertaking community-based research is always started in a good way. The Digging Deep Project began with ceremony, including the making of tobacco ties for the study’s participants. The tobacco ties are wrapped, blessed, and then given to participants as a gift in thanks for the sharing of their knowledge.
In the picture below, Elder Betty McKenna is seen leading the team in the process at the First Nations University of Canada. Elder Betty is the guiding Elder on the Digging Deep Project.