Participants will experience a demonstration and explanation of the cultural importance of smudging and learn what is involved in the practice. Anishinaabe Grandmother, Vivian Recollet, will provide insight into the importance of circle teachings as she incorporates the medicine wheel’s respect for the four sacred animals. Participants will have time to reflect and ask questions, and share any insights they may have discovered as we talk.
This event is made possible by the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion Fund.
About the Presenter
Vivian Recollet currently works at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre as the Indigenous Health Promoter. She previously worked at the Native Men’s Residence, a shelter for homeless men, where she served as the Mino Kaanjiigowin Program Nurse for six years.
Vivian has been gifted with many teachings from an array of Indigenous Knowledge People, traditional healers, and medicine men/women. She comes from the residential school legacy and was part of the Sixties Scoop, the mass removal of Indigenous children from their families into the child welfare system. She has 11 siblings but minimal connection to her original family as a result of that disruption.
She has won several awards for her work in indigenous health, including the Medal for Good Citizenship, awarded to her by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Please note that this event will be filmed and photographed for future educational materials.
All participants must complete a COVID-19 assessment and waiver; details will be provided in a confirmation email after completing the registration form below.
Physical distancing (minimum two metres apart at all times) will be adhered to at this event, and face coverings will be required when physical distancing is a challenge.