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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 25, 2015

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Office of Aboriginal Initiatives

WATERLOO CAMPUS: Sharing Circle with Charlene Leon

Mar 29/13


Date: Mar 29/13
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Aboriginal Student Centre, 187 Albert Street, Waterloo
Cost: FREE


The smudging ceremony is a ritual that opens a sharing circle. Sage and sweet grass are the medicines most commonly used for ritually cleansing the self and the area where a ceremony will take place. Smudging is used in concert with ceremonies which include cleansing, praying, and healing. It is important to share all we can, including knowledge and life experiences. Sharing circles emphasize that everyone is important; it helps us to develop relationships, as well as identify who we are, where we come from, and who our ancestors are. The sharing circle also helps us to establish trust. Once we have shared our knowledge and experiences, the conductor of the circle will bring the ceremony to a close with a song and/or a prayer.


Charlene has worked with several Indigenous organizations over the past 23 years, both on and off reserves in the field of social service, education, and in the private sector. She is currently enrolled in Master of Social Work Program, Aboriginal Field of Study at Wilfrid Laurier University. She chooses to employ the Indigenous wholistic practice of the sharing circle as an effective tool for helping herself and others, as well as striving to incorporate Indigenous tradition into current educational and social work practices.

For more information, call 519.884.1970 ext. 4311 or visit

Contact: Charlene Leon
Phone: 519.884.1970 ext. 4311

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