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Nova Scotia RCMP builds force’s 1st permanent sweat lodge at Dartmouth headquarters – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201893 Views

Ceremonial structure aimed at promoting understanding, strengthening relationships with Mi’kmaw communities

Oct 11, 2018

Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the Nova Scotia RCMP have a new place for prayer and self-reflection thanks to a permanent sweat lodge built behind the Dartmouth headquarters.

The sweat lodge, a first for an RCMP division, was unveiled and used for the first time Monday by chiefs and councillors from Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw communities and past and present RCMP members. A ceremony will be held for members once a month, and it will be offered as a space for anyone with whom the RCMP works.

Sweat lodges, commonly used by First Nations communities as sacred healing spaces, are tent-like structures typically made of natural materials. Large rocks, known as grandfathers, are heated in a fire nearby, brought into the lodge and splashed with water to create steam heat.

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