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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.

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