Western allows Indigenous-focused residence floors at all nine campus residences

November 29, 2017

Western University has announced that Indigenous students can take part in smudging ceremonies inside their dorm rooms across all nine campus residences, including on a new Indigenous-focused residence floor. The policy was approved by fire and safety officials and implemented this fall following focus groups held by the Indigenous Services department. “We asked them: ‘When you walk into an Indigenous community of living, what would it smell like?’” said program coordinator Sean Hoogterp. “Their reaction was that it smelt like burning sweet grass or sage.” “This is an excellent way to be proud of your culture,” added Western student Grace Swain, a Swan Lake First Nation woman. “I always want to learn more, and go to more ceremonies and smudging ceremonies. So coming to this residence has really connected me a lot more to my [roots].”

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