Cultural Appreciation of the Indigenous Peoples

Sageful is committed to informing our community on the origins of sage and ensuring we’re practicing in a way that honors and respects traditions. 

Did you know…

Indigenous peoples have used sage as part of a sacred religious ceremonial practice for centuries, called smudging. Often performed by a spiritual leader, sage is burned during this ceremony with the purpose of cleansing and purifying a space or a person.  

Prior to 1978, Indigenous people were not permitted to burn sage as it was illegal. This act frequently resulted in severe consequences. The Indigenous peoples have been through immense hardships to have the ability to practice their religion and traditions freely. 

Sageful stands alongside the Indigenous peoples as they continue to fight for their rights, religions and traditions. We are committed to bringing awareness to their history and show respect to their traditions. 

Sageful is shining light on these issues and invites you to participate in being a part of the solution with us... 

Below are some helpful resources to help us understand and support BIPOC. All funds donated to these organizations help uplift Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities in Canada. 

We encourage you to develop your own daily Sageful moment of gratitude and spiritual grounding, while being mindful of the sacred origins of the rituals. 

Learn more  about Indigenous communities

Watch videos on Indigenous communities

What does being Indigenous mean?

 History of Smudging

Ways to support:

  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society, donate here.

On the grounds of a former Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia, 215 Indigenous children were found buried in unmarked graves. Read more

  • To support the IRSS, The Indian Residential School Survivors Society, donate here.

The IRSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and to those dealing with intergenerational traumas. 

  • The Native Woman's Association of Canada, donate here.

This is a charity that focuses on supporting women of Indigenous cultures and ensuring their voices are heard. 

The Black Solidarity Fund  focuses on celebrating people of colour and bringing awareness to racial injustice and violence against black people across Canada.