Smudging Document

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A resource to facilitate the relationship between Indigenous performing artists and venues around the protected practice of burning traditional medicines as it relates to the performing arts.

This is a living document that will be updated regularly. Out of respect for oral cultures that evolve with each story and teaching our resource will be responsive to the changing ecology of Indigenous performance.

We acknowledge the good work of late Ojibwe Elder Art Solomon and other community members that advocated for Smudging to be a recognized and protected practice by the government of Canada.


Smudging Document Research by:

  • Jane Zhang, University of Toronto Pro Bono Student Lawyer
  • Mimi Chen, University of Toronto Pro Bono Student Lawyer
  • Matt McPherson, Associate at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.