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Can’t just kick me out’: Indigenous woman alleges major oilsands company banned her for smudging – CTV News

July 7, 2022

An Indigenous woman from Calgary says she feels discriminated against by her former employer after she was suspended from the property and for smudging, while the company says workers’ lodges are smoke-free including for ceremonial smoking.

“I just feel like it was unfair,” said Dennel Piche, a Cree and Dene woman who lives in Calgary.

She worked for a month as a safety watcher for Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNRL) north of Fort McMurray — but it came to an abrupt end when a bowl with smudging material was found in her room at the McKay Lodge.

“The security said, you can’t be lighting things, no smoking. And told her what it was, I showed her,” said Piche.

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