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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Smudge Walk 2008 - Cultural Acceptance

Smudge Walk 2008
Thursday June 5th
Scott Collegiate Grounds
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
***Walk starts at 10:00 am

I don't normally ask people to attend events but this one makes sense - and I want to explain why (for those in Regina).

(a) The walk is a symbolic action being taken for the North Central area of Regina and the Aboriginal community therein - and showing a solid effort from the citizens of Regina in the support of positive actions being taken in that neighborhood. A lot of stuff that comes out of there is not positive and people are even scared to 'walk' there at night - and we need to stand solidly against the idea this what we want for that community.

(b) Smudging is an Aboriginal ritual that is like the idea of prayer - or cleansing. The walk is about the symbolic idea of cleansing the neighborhood and praying for it - and in this case - praying with our feet.

(c) It's also a good chance for the churches to get into the good graces of the Aboriginal community and identifying with their causes. The churches have a very weak history with this community and the best way to show solidarity is to participate in events like this. It's a step in the right direction for the church in it's efforts to partner with this community.

It's a great event and chance for people that have not experienced the Aboriginal community in a positive way to find that connection - whilst walking with the community in unity.

PS: I won't be there this year - I really wanted to go - but I have to help with an Aboriginal Leadership Conference at the U of R which is also in solidarity with 'June as Aboriginal History Month'.

Here's one of our chances to truly bridge the gap between the communities.