Smudging involves the burning of substances such as sweet grass, cedar and sage during Aboriginal events. This practice is based on traditional beliefs that the smoke produced is a means of purification and to create a positive mindset for those involved in the activities. The smoke and scent produced during a smudge is minimal and often dissipates quickly.
Types of events in which smudging may occur:
- Aboriginal Student Club Events
- Teaching or Services for Aboriginal Students Events
- University sponsored Aboriginal talks, gatherings, or theatrical productions
Approval for the use of smudging during an event or ceremony must be received through Services for Aboriginal Students.