Hello again all you beautiful people!

Today I made the choice of attending Regina’s North Central Smudge Walk 2014. First of all, let me tell you a little bit about “smudge” and what it means.

Smudging is a ceremonial technique (per say) that involves lighting traditional medicine which will give off a nice, comforting smell/smoke. When you are feeling lonesome, hurt, thankful, gratitude, really any kind of feeling, you can light up a smudge and basically smudge yourself by using your hands to make sure that all the smoke will be in the presence of your body. Then, you pray to kisi-manitou, nohtowenan, the creator/our father. It’s really a way to connect to the creator and to talk one-on-one with him. This is just one way that First Nations people connect to the creator.

So today at the event, I was surprised to see that there was approximately 500 people supporting the cause. If you didn’t know, Regina’s North Central has been stated “Most dangerous place in Canada”. Today, the  Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association (RAPA) has brought back the Smudge Walk to the community to not only kick-off National Aboriginal History Month but to also defy the name that North Central has repudiated. This is a organization that believes the people of North Central and other supporters are able to come together to prove others wrong. This is a community with strong leaders and great role models willing to help and give out a giving hand to others who are struggling with drugs and alcohol or prostitution. So with the smudging ceremony, we blessed the streets of North Central. Bringing positive energy into the community and blessing the homes with protection and good prayers.

Today was surely beautiful and I was so happy to be apart of it. I was in front of the walk, riding the back of a truck with other royalty such as Miss First Nations University of Canada and Cowessess Princess. I took tons of pictures, if you want to see them check them out on my Facebook like page at Miss Teenage Eastern SK 2014.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog 🙂 hiy-hiy teniki (thank you)

Written by: Jolene

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