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Appeal for public school smudging ritual performed without parental consent heard in Vancouver

The BC Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that the smudging was a 'cultural demonstration and not an actual ceremony or ritual'. Rebel News spoke with lawyer Karen Bastow, who was contracted by the JCCF to argue during the two day appeal.

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Children can’t attend an assembly in public school where the Lord’s Prayer is said in Canada, but they can be guided by teachers to watch a spiritual ritual being practiced without parental consent.

At least that was the ruling when Candice Servatius, a Port Alberni mom, had a legal case that argued both her and her children’s right to freedom of religion were breached when her children attended a indigenous spiritual ceremony called smudging in school. The BC Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that the smudging was a “cultural demonstration and not an actual ceremony or ritual.”

However, that could all change.

This past Monday, the Justice Centre For Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) was back in court to appeal the decision made in the Servatius v. Port Alberni School District 70 case.

In this report, Rebel News interviews lawyer Karen Bastow, who was contracted by the JCCF to argue the appeal to talk about why it was important to do so, and how the two day hearing went.

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