As a class we read a book called the Outside Circle which was about indigenous youth and their struggles. The characters showed ways to calm their anger and one of them was the smudge.
Kris Meawasige is an indigenous educator, and he is a resource for indigenous students to come to him to learn about their community and culture. He is Anishinaabe and he also teaches about other indigenous groups and their culture. We invited Kris to our class to help us understand and experience the smudge ceremony.
Kris taught us a lot. We learned about the 4 major medicines - sage, sweetgrass, cedar, and tobacco. He taught us about smudging and about his background. We felt educated and enlightened after his visit.
Kris was calm and kind, even mellow. He would let us understand and not focus on the negatives. He was a great listener and explainer. If he wasn’t sure about the answer he would tell us. He would explain the details that he knows; he is still learning every day from his elders and his community.
Kristine Klassen & Grade 10 Class - Hillcrest High School