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Smudging is a cleanse, and a form of prayer to purify your mind, body, and spirit, and to give thanks to the creator, also to attract positive energy into your life, and to send good thoughts of health and wellness to your friends and family, or those around you.
Smudging with sage has many incredible benefits. It can increase in your clarity, awareness and also improve your mood. The benefits don’t stop there, see this to learn more of the benefits of smudging.
Smudging a specific room that you want to cleanse, or your entire house is always a good idea!
A smudge prayer is what you say while smudging and it is incredibly helpful depending on the type of smudging you are doing.
Anyone can smudge which also means anyone can use a smudge prayer for smudging.
What is Truth & Reconciliation?
This phrase means “We are all one,” and it is used in reference to the history that Indigenous people share. This history is rich with culture, tradition, and meaning, but there are parts of our history that aren’t so positive - and a big part of the dark areas of our history has to do with residential schools.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a mandate that requires all Canadians to be informed of what happened to the children that attended residential schools.
As many of you probably already know, the main way that Indigenous people share their history and pass it down through generations is through word of mouth. Information passed this way is invaluable - and many would suffer if it was kept hidden from people who could benefit from knowing the information. Even if the information is hard to hear.
You should care about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission because it was a major step in Canada’s history towards owning up to the nation’s wrongdoings.
The biggest aspect of learning about Truth and Reconciliation is simple: All you need to do is care. If you’re a Canadian who wants to learn more and dig deeper than the whitewashed history that many of us have been spoon-fed throughout our lives, Truth and Reconciliation is a great place to start.
What is Orange Shirt Day? “Every Child Matters”
Orange Shirt Day really began in 1973, when a six year old girl named Phyllis Webstad went to school at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School outside Williams Lake, BC. She was proudly wearing a brand new orange shirt, which was a rare opportunity for a young First Nations girl. The shirt was quickly stripped from her by the Mission Oblates and, with it, her sense of self-worth, pride, and dignity in a way that would shape her forever.
These schools sought to remove Indigenous children from their homes and, by doing so, strip them of their Native culture and assimilate them into Canadian culture.
September 30th not only marks the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, but seeks to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the present school year.