Sacred Use of Tobacco

Algoma Public Health

Sacred Use of Tobacco

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For many indigenous peoples, tobacco is a sacred gift from the Creator. Sadly, this sacred medicine has become commercialized and misused. It is important to understand and be respectful of the difference between the sacred use of tobacco and the commercial misuse. 


Learn how the Indigenous Tobacco Program works with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners to reduce and prevent commercial tobacco addiction.


In order engage Indigenous youth in the exploration of tobacco as a sacred medicine in contrast to the commercial misuse, a series of PhotoVoice projects were created. The goals of the projects showcased below are to:

  • honour the sacred use that fosters health and well-being
  • prevent the commercial misuse that causes death and disease



Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1, 2015