Smudging Procedure and Request

Conrad Grebel University College sits on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Mennonites from Pennsylvania began migrating to this area in 1800. In 1805, they purchased land that was part of the Haldimand Tract given in treaty to the Six Nations, which included 6 miles on either side of the Grand River. We welcome the opportunity to host ceremonies and gatherings that help educate students, employees, and visitors to Conrad Grebel about Indigenous traditions and that contribute to the formation of new relationships with our Indigenous hosts and neighbours.

Smudging Procedure and Request

  1. Rooms designated for smudging ceremonies include:
    • Schlegel Community Education Room (room 2202)
    • Great Hall (room 1111)
    • Chapel
    • Dining Room
    • Other areas by special arrangement (approved by Director of Operations)
  2. The Director of Operations and the Main Office require notification one week prior to the event via the following webform.
  3. Smudge materials should be burned in an earthen-ware bowl, large shell, or other fire proof vessel during periods of prayer and meditation.
  4. A fire extinguisher will be made accessible and a person trained in its use must be present.
  5. There must not be excessive smoke. 
  6. Steps should be taken to avoid smoke being released to other portions of the building.
  7. Material remaining after a Smudge Ceremony must be fully extinguished and disposed of safely.
  8. Automatic notification of the Fire department will be disabled by Facilities staff and a fire watch will be undertaken during the event and for one hour after; therefore, ceremonies may only be undertaken during normal business hours, unless by special arrangement with the Director of Operations.

Information and privacy: questions regarding the collection of information on this form can be directed to the form administrator.

Date of Smudging * (required)
Space Booked * (required)
Start of Ceremony * (required)
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End of Ceremony * (required)
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