Gladue says it gets her in the right state of mind before games
Prior to playing one of the most physical sports you can play, a smudge took place between two female football teams.
Alicia 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.
Gladue is the captain with the Fort McKay Northern Spirits. Her team travelled to the Fuhr Sports Park west of Edmonton, for a game with the West Edmonton Raiders Thursday night.
The idea of sharing the smudge came after Raiders coach Ryan Schulha asked his opponents about a ceremony he saw at a game a few weeks earlier.