Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ inaugural Smudge Walk has changed locations due to inclement weather. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. October 4, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 211 Avenue O South.

“The smudge walk is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of First Nations practices and periodic community cleansing of spirit, mind, body and land. The practice of smudging brings comfort, and healing,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “Our traditional culture is important as it strengthens our Inherent right to the land and water. In turn, this spiritual connection helps us to protect, promote and implement our Treaty and Indigenous rights. Healing together, walking together is the journey we all must undertake for future generations.”

Smudging is the burning of sweetgrass or sage as a cleansing ceremony. The Smudge Walk takes this traditional practice – cleansing one’s body and objects with healing smoke – to a much larger scale.

Once everyone has gathered, including flag bearers and those carrying the smudge bowl, the group will commence the walk down 19th Street West, north up Avenue S South to 21st Street turning east down to Avenue L South, south as far as 20th Street and heading west to Avenue P and back down to Grace Adam Metawewinihk Park. The walk is open to anyone who wishes to participate. It will be followed by a free community barbeque and entertainment.

 

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