Keep Tobacco Sacred
Traditional Tobacco is a sacred plant and a gift given by the Creator.
We have an exciting announcement coming in the not so distant future — something we can’t wait to share with you guys. Here’s what we can say: it’s going to be a massive initiative that brings youth and elders together into the digital world — one that taps into the creative potential social media has to offer. Follow along so you don’t miss out! #indigenous
What is commercial tobacco? More than 3,000 Albertans die from commercial tobacco usage every year. Why is this the case? Modern commercial tobacco is incredibly harmful to your health as it contains over 7,000 chemicals, including known carcinogens and nicotine. Prolonged usage can have a significant impact on your health. Click to learn more about the harmful effects of commercial tobacco. https://cc94.co/40BRTgY #tobacco #indigenous
There’s no denying the sacred nature of the tobacco plant in Indigenous culture. After all, the tobacco plant was given as a gift by the Creator. For many Indigenous people, the tobacco plant is a sacred way for us to send our thoughts, to share our hopes and prayers with the Creator. Unlike commercial tobacco, sacred tobacco is not: - Chemically processed - Commercially packaged and shipped - Linked to vaping Click to learn more about the key differences between sacred and commercial tobacco. https://cc94.co/3MEdsb5
How is KTSC working to Keep Tobacco Sacred? Not only are we closely partnered with Alberta Health Services, but we are also deeply connected to local Indigenous groups and actively work with community leaders to drive awareness around the harmful effects of commercial tobacco. Are you looking to be a changemaker and help keep our sacred plant — sacred? DM us to learn more about how you can help! #sacredtobacco #indigenous
How can we ensure the next generation understands the harmful effects of commercial tobacco? There’s no denying the many that do exist. And yet, the challenge remains reaching our youth before it’s too late. We believe Elder Raymond Bigstone said it perfectly when he described the need to be present — to support our youth by understanding their struggles. https://cc94.co/40BRTgY #indigenous #tobacco
Cistêmâw. Do you know what it means? Tobacco. Which is kihcêyihtâkosiwin — respected, revered, and highly esteemed. Elder Louis Lapatack is one of several Elders involved in Keep Tobacco Sacred. The primary goal is to teach our youth about the cultural significance of the sacred plant while warning about the harmful effects of commercial tobacco use. Could this all begin with the language we use? Click the link to read our discussion with Elder Louis Lapatack. https://cc94.co/45BXuFv #tobacco #sacredtobacco #indigenous