AB ED Native, wild and medicinal plants. Who are they and why they matter!

Our Native plants are the orginal inhabitatns of this land which co-evoled with all the creatures and First People who have lived here for centuries.  Let's discover why they are so important.  How can we repair our relationship and receive the gifts that are reciprocated within this responsibility.  How we might embrace these life-giving foods, medicines and teachings that Plants share with us: guiding us into our rightful place with our living world.  Lori is a Indigneous Metis herbalist who loves to share the wisdom of plants.  Handouts provided.

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    Lori Snyder

    Lori Snyder is an Indigenous Metis herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of wild, medicinal and edible plants that grow in everyday spaces. Through Lori’s eyes, our immediate surroundings take on a new life and offer a wealth of untapped nutritional and ecological resources.  


    Through Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogies, Lori leads people of diverse backgrounds in reconnecting to the Earth’s wisdom. 


    Lori has collaborated with the Provincial Health Association of BC (PHABC), helping to incorporate Indigenous teachings into the curriculum. Through the Farm2School pilot project, Lori supported the development of nine Indigenous foodscapes on elementary and secondary school grounds in Vancouver. 


    Lori has also collaborated with the Vancouver Parks Board, Douglas Community College, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Village Vancouver, and many community gardens and centres in and around Vancouver.  She connected with the Vancouver TED Talk participants in 2017, and has also shared her expertise with university initiatives such as UBC Farm, SFU Embark Gardens, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy.   


    Today, Lori stewards a medicine wheel garden at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre. She is currently working with the David Suzuki Foundation as a Butterfly Ranger and consulting with both the foundation and the YWCA at Evelyn Crabtree on native plants and their importance in our ecological relationship with other living beings. She is the Artist in Residence at Hastings Community Centre for 2020- 2022, offering the teachings of plant wisdom through various art mediums.  Recently she has rejoined the team at EarthBites a school program connecting children and teachers inthe garden.


    Lori created Earth Awareness Realized Through Health and Company in 2013, to share First People’s perspectives on wild, edible and medicinal plants. Her practices include plant identification walks, illustration and plant medicine workshops, homemade products for the skin, consulting on garden design, as well as public speaking and team training.  


    Lori’s vision is to continually co-create insightful dialogues, to remediate and reconcile with our Indigenous plants as we reintroduce them into our urban landscapes. By sharing and growing these practices, communities can access our true local foods and medicines, which support collective resilience and deep ecological healing for all species. 


    Lori’s Approach 

    Lori walks gently and teaches primarily on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, as well as neighbouring Coast Salish nations. 


    Lori inspires learners of all generations and backgrounds to communicate with the natural world. She guides us to recognize the wisdom of ancestral relations who—for many thousands of years—were nourished by this land and cared deeply for its fate. 


    Lori asks us to live more consciously on the ancient lands where our cities now stand, and to recognize the beneficial impacts of connecting our human experience of mind and body to nature. By learning from all of our ancestors and caring for the many generations of beings to come, we can now build a future of sovereignty and best practices for healing the Earth and all her living creatures. Lori sees that we are all Indigenous to the Earth, and as caretakers this is the most sane yet radical response to today’s ecological and humanitarian crises.  


    In a time when our connection to the lands where we live grows ever more tenuous, Lori offers us an opportunity to reconnect.  


    Lori is a descendant from the Powhatan, Dakota, T’suu tina, Nakota, Cree, Nipissing, Dene and Anishinaabe peoples, mixed with French and Celtic ancestry.  She was born and raised on the lands of the Squamish people, near Vancouver, Canada, overlooking the Salish Sea on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Turtle Island.



    Artists in residence @Hastings CC
    Online course with Swallowtail tours featuring Lori’s teachings   https://foraging.teachable.com/p/medicinal-plants-of-the-pacific-northwes
    I am a refugee of the Red River Metis Nation.  Born and raised on the Coast Salish lands, I am deeply grateful to live, play and create on the unceded & traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples -  xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh