Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Protocols

Smudging

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.