Ceremonies

First Nations Elders prefer that photos or recordings not be taken during spiritual ceremonies. It is also inappropriate to touch any of the sacred items an Elder may use during a ceremony; including: pipes or medicine pouches; unless the Elder gives permission. It is also essential that permission be asked of the Elder to photograph any of these items.

Elders request that everyone participate in the ceremonies in the same way.

Honour songs are performed to honour a person for various reasons. It is expected that during an honour song everyone stand and remove any headwear.

Smudging is a prayer ceremony where specific medicines (plants) are burned as an offering to the Creator and the Earth. (Saint Elizabeth website, 2013)

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