Providing traditional educational opportunities for shíshálh Nation members as cultural and medicinal plants are identified, conserved, and mapped
Why this Project Matters
Cultural and medicinal plants will be identified, conserved and mapped in partnership with SFI forestry partners and the shíshálh Nation. This project will increase the knowledge base of foresters and shíshálh Nation educators relating to the importance of cultural and medicinal plants. Revitalizing cultural practices like harvesting traditional medicinal plants is a priority for the shíshálh Nation. The shíshálh people have a distinct language and a unique world view. The swiya (traditional territory) of the shíshálh people is on the south coast of British Columbia.
How the Project is Supporting Traditional Indigenous Practices and Values
The project will increase economic opportunities for those shíshálh members who make part or most of their livelihood from producing traditional medicines and foods by increasing their chances of locating, harvesting, and maintaining a sustainable supply of cultural and medicinal plants. In 2019, priority cultural and medicinal plant identification cards were developed by the shíshálh Nation Cultural Plants Team. This project will support the sharing of these cards with other forestry companies operating within the shíshálh swiya.
The main focus of the project will be to produce educational materials and provide field training for the educational and cultural staff of the shíshálh Nation. These educators and community influencers will be central to encouraging shíshálh members, especially youth, to preserve and use cultural and medicinal plants. The project supports and promotes shíshálh Indigenous values and will also improve the understanding of these values by forest professionals and community groups in the area.
The SFI Community Grant Program is supporting this project. It will help grow meaningful relationships between the shíshálh Nation and other SFI-certified forest sector partners.
How this Project Builds SFI Community Engagement
SFI respects the rights and traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and believes our shared quality of life improves when forests are sustainably managed for current and future generations. These shared values allow for a strong and multifaceted link between SFI and Indigenous communities across the U.S. and Canada. There will be opportunities for SFI certified organizations to participate in community events and field trips. There is also a potential opportunity to bring experts from the shíshálh Nation together with other Indigenous communities who are certified to the SFI forest management standard.
This partnership includes members of the shíshálh Nation, conservationists, researchers, and SFI certified organizations.
The swiya of the shíshálh people lies between Queens Reach in Jervis Inlet and Howe Sound on the south coast of British Columbia. Historically there were four main settlements at kalpilin (Pender Harbour), ts’unay (Deserted Bay), xenichen (Jervis Inlet) and tewankw near Porpoise Bay.
shíshálh Nation is committed to innovation in program and service delivery designed to assist its members and community to achieve greater independence, wellness and self-sufficiency. Foundational to the Nation’sr shared work is the protection, promotion and practice of shíshálh culture, language and laws within their swiya. Learn more about the shíshálh Nation tems swiya museum, culture, language, and Elders.
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