Alberta football rivals share traditional Cree smudge before kickoff – CTV News

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Alberta football rivals share traditional Cree smudge before kickoff – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on July 30, 202148 Views

EDMONTON — Prior to smashing and bashing each other in an all-female battle in Spruce Grove Thursday, linebacker Alicia Gladue led both teams in something rarely seen on a football field.

Before kickoff – Gladue, a young Cree and Dene woman from Northern Alberta – gathered all players and coaches in a circle, where she lit a traditional Indigenous smudge for both teams to share.

“I just bless my body. (With the smoke) I go over my head so I can think good things, go to my ears so I can hear good things, go to my mouth so I can say good things,” Gladue explained.

Gladue is a captain with the Fort McKay Northern Spirits, based in the First Nation community about an hour north of Fort McMurray.

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