Explore the schoolyard to discover indigenous ways of knowing with Métis herbalist and educator. As you learn to identify wild, native and medicinal plants, you come to understand the roles of these plants for food, medicine, and shelter for all species. How to best use, when to harvest, and what can be made with them. While acquiring a deeper appreciation, we remember our responsibility, develop a deeper relationship, practice reciprocity, build respect and open ourselves up to reverence for our living world. Samples will be shared. Reference material provided.
All Grades K-12
This session is full.
Lori Snyder 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, overlooking the Salish Sea on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Turtle Island—near Vancouver, Canada.
Lori created Earth Awareness Realized Through Health and Company in 2013, to share Indigenous ways of knowing and First People’s perspectives on wild, edible and medicinal plants. Her practices include plant identification walks, illustration and plant medicine workshops, selling homemade products, and consulting on garden design, as well as public speaking and team training.
Through Indigenous teachings and pedagogies, Lori leads people of diverse backgrounds in reconnecting to the Earth’s wisdom. Teaching at elementary and secondary schools, she recently facilitated a pilot project with Farm2School BC. Helping to incorporate Indigenous teachings into the curriculum, Lori supported the development of nine Indigenous foodscapes on 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 TED Talk Vancouver 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 all living beings.
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 resiliency and deep ecological healing for all species.