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Keep tobacco use ceremonial: aboriginal guide 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

A new health guide aimed at Aboriginal elders says smoking tobacco should be just for ceremonial purposes. (REUTERS)

A new health guide aimed at Aboriginal elders says smoking tobacco should be just for ceremonial purposes. (REUTERS)

The province has released a new guide they hope will aide First Nations elders optimize their health.

The guide is the first of its kind and provides information on provincial and federal programs, combined with resources available in the community to improve the health, lifestyle, housing, safety and other aspects of life for Aboriginal seniors.

Aboriginal Reconciliation Minister John Rustad said the guide is in keeping with traditional practices of First Nations in the province.

“It is great news for elders that this guide not only provides a wealth of useful information, but also emphasizes and incorporates the richness of the cultural history of B.C. First Nations and Aboriginal elders,” Rustad said in a release.

One of the recommendations made by the guide is to keep the use of tobacco strictly ceremonial.

 

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