Smudging involves the burning of substances such as sweet grass, cedar and sage during Indigenous 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:
- Indigenous student club events
- Teaching or services for Indigenous students events
- University sponsored Indigenous talks, gatherings or theatrical productions
Approval for the use of smudging during an event or ceremony must be received through the Office of Indigenous Education and Facilities.