First Nations people have utilized the sweat lodge for thousands of years, as a way of both sending young warriors off to war, and then welcoming them back into society. Before battle, the ceremony and the sweat would serve as a purification for the warrior, and through prayer and song and medicines used during the ceremony, the warrior emerged protected, carrying forth with them all the medicine, and prayer and support from the community. This was considered ESSENTIAL before warriors would head off to battle. And after the battle, when the warrior would return home, there would be another sweat ceremony, in which the warrior would share with his/her people what had been done on the battlefield, to protect the community, the home. In listening, and bearing witness to the warriors’ experience, their is accountability shared amongst all present, and in doing that, the actions of an individual warrior do not become their weight to carry alone, but something that everyone will help to carry. This too was considered essential. We recognize sweat lodge as a place of healing, rebirth, belonging, and bearing witness to what the warrior had done for the rest of his/her people.