MABRRI is excited to announce the following experts that will be leading the panel for the Traditional Plant Workshop being hosted during the first day of the Regional Reseach Conference (June 12).


Dr. Nancy Turner

Dr. Nancy Turner is well-known across Canada for her passion and devotion in ethnobotany. She became connected to many First Nation Elders within their communities from Coast to Coast whose expert knowledge on plants and uses demonstrated how important their knowledge were of what native plants and ecological interactions are with the environment changes/seasons. Nancy has produced several books on the cultural importance of plants and their uses.

Kim Recalma

Oqwilowgwa or Kim Recalma-Clutesi has received extensive cultural, academic and political training since childhood. Kim has worked with traditional medicines for more than 50 years. She has won international awards for films and work documenting the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. She is an artist, film maker and educator who works within her Nation, academically and cross-culturally.

Les Malbon

Les Malbon is a professor in the Sport Health and Education Department in the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University. His formal teaching centres around human wellness and holistic health. He was a herbal student of the beloved Salish Elder Dr Ellen White (Kwulusulwut) for over twenty five years. Les also studied with Master herbalist Don Ollison and completed a year-long training program. Recently Les completed an International Professional Development Program in Education for Sustainable Development, through the UNESCO sanctioned Earth Charter Institute in Costa Rica. He is also certified in Permaculture design. Currently he is creating a course focused on "Nature as Teacher" for the Education Department at Vancouver Island University.


To register for the Traditional Plant Workshop, visit the registration page here. The fee for the workshop is $20 and includes lunch.