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Western University introduces Indigenous-focused residence – CBC
by ahnationtalk onNovember 27, 2017477 Views
Smudging allowed in dorm rooms at all 9 campus residences
Nov 27, 2017
Indigenous students at Western University can now take part in smudging ceremonies inside their dorm rooms across all nine campus residences – including on a new Indigenous-focused residence floor.
A smudging policy was implemented this fall, approved by fire and safety officials, after the Indigenous Services department held focus groups asking students what they would like to see on a more inclusive campus.
“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.”