Suzanne Nash (Ojibwe) has worked in Tobacco control for 14 years and is an LAAMPP Alumnae and in her 2nd year as Policy Champion. Suzanne has facilitated and coordinated tobacco cessation, education and policy work with 11 tribes in Minnesota and the urban area. She has worked at Indigenous Peoples Task Force for close to 17 years, as a Tobacco Program Manager, Housing Director, Medical Case Management Supervisor and as a Youth Coordinator for the Waybingay Curriculum (Focus is on tobacco prevention, cessation and alcohol and drugs). For the past 10 years, Suzanne has organized and facilitated statewide conferences around tobacco, cultural teachings, traditional foods, environmental issues and policy work. This year statewide conference was “ The Return to First Medicines Gatherings” Suzanne organized and facilitated the Seeds Network Council in planning and budgeting for this conference. (A gathering for adults and youth to learn about sacred medicines, growing traditional foods and how to care our environment.)
Tobacco Ceremony followed by Relaxation and Guided Visualization Activity.
Connection to spirit
Traditional tobacco (Asemaa) in it original form is sacred and is medicine. For centuries before the arrival of Europeans, Ojibwe and Dakotas people used traditional tobacco, kinnikinnik, or chanshasha in ceremonies to carry prayers to the Creator. Using traditional tobacco in a sacred manner is not a health risk. In this session you’ll also work with cedar and sweetgrass.