Rituals are enacted in community and invite contemplation, witnessing, acknowledgment, and feasting. They may also include spiritual practices such as singing, praying, offering blessings, and extending love. While this article is written for therapists, with suggestions about how to understand ritualistic practices and incorporate them into therapy, there is a part of this article that addresses broader human concerns, such as life’s delights and its unpredictability, that sometimes leaving us feeling perplexed and unsupported. Rituals, at least Indigenous ones, are enacted in cultural settings to (1) promote a sense of connection, belonging and community, (2) acknowledge a particular life phase or accomplishment, (3) assign a challenge or task to be overcome, and (4) invoke Kitchie Manitou, the Creator or the spirit of life to infuse the group with wisdom and love. In this article, I will discuss the following points related to ritual: a brief history of the use of ritual in family therapy, what rituals consist of and how they can be applied, three examples of developmental rituals from a Metis family culture, and the significance of rituals from a Metis perspective.1 This discussion will provide therapists with examples that may inspire further creativity in regards to creating and incorporate ritual and ceremony into family and community work.

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