Alberta football teams share smudging ceremony before game

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.

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