ABED Indigenous plants and Squamish language history

Ethnobotanists Senaqwila and Cease Wyss lead educational workshops to share the knowledge of the relationship between the land, plants, and local indigenous communities. We share on the worldview we see in our language and how the plants are a vital part of our practice to create medicine and be on the land as we have always done as Squamish Women. 

Target Audience

All Grades K-12


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Senaqwila Wyss

    Senaqwila Wyss is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. She holds a Bachelors of the Arts Degree in the faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology, minor in First Nations Studies. She also holds a First Nations Languages Proficiency Certificate in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim. She is raising her 3 year old daughter to be a first language speaker, which has not been done in her family four generations after colonial impacts. She practices ethnobotany with traditionally trained mom Cease Wyss with indigenous plant medicines. She was raised learning these ancestral teachings and uses plants as teas, medicines, tinctures and ceremony.