T.O.’s Indigenous consultant quits amid human rights complaint

Lindsay Kretschmer — a Mohawk Wolf Clan member — worked in her full-time position at the city for four months before she quit, claiming the city violated her right to practise smudging, which involves sacred medicine as part of Indigenous ceremony.

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  • Watchman

    Smudging: the process of burning materials in a way that leaves the smell of these burnt materials in this room, allegedly to spiritually cleanse the room. https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2012/10/19/ancient-art-smudging

    If this was permitted, this would probably infringe City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 709, Smoking. If this was deemed to be non-infringing, then every cigarette or cigar smoker could probably claim to have their own ‘white smudging’ ceremony that they can practice with impunity.

    • Tooth&Claw

      My perspective? Fire hazard, plain and simple.

      • DMB

        Most modern office buildings today are equipped with sprinkler systems as well as smoke detectors that activate when they detect smoke. Once activated having water sprayed upon the smudging ceremony would definitely put a damper on it. That fact is apparently to difficult to comprehend for the indigenous consultant.

    • eMan14

      White people can’t smudge? It would be racist.

      • Watchman

        Welcome to Canada.

    • Lightstream

      Had to laugh at your last paragraph. First laugh I’ve had all day. Thanks.

    • tom_billesley

      Smudging skepticism.
      http://skeptophilia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/smoke-screen.html

      The smoke detectors would have to be disabled for a time, during which an accidental fire could burn down City Hall.

  • mauser 98

    …will take cash $$…4 months then retired

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Yeah, WTF is this smudging?
    http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/practices/view/22039
    Yep, watchman is right, I bet this conflicts with a smoking ordinance.

    This lady also is running a scam.
    Only pampered white women, who also worship crystals, are dumb enough to believe in smudging anymore.
    None of the natives really believe in their own ancient hokey religions anymore. They are just screwing with whites.

    • Micky C.

      Fuckers make it up as they go along.

  • Alain

    I love it and may she succeed. I doubt there is a more deserving city in the country. Oh, and of course our PM has already stated we are all guilty of whatever before the UN.

  • BillyHW

    Lived for 30 years in Toronto and never once saw a goddam Indian.

  • BillyHW

    Rob Ford would have allowed this, just as long as he got to take a puff of the peace pipe too.

  • marty_p

    Thank goodness the Inca and Aztec religions are extinct. Or we would be faced with refugees filing human rights complaints that they couldn’t practice human sacrifice at City Hall.