Straits Salish Plant Stewardship in the 21st Century:Cultivating Co-management Relationships in BC

This research supports the T?Sou-ke Nation to re-establish connections with culturally important native plant species cultivated and stewarded by traditional T?Sou-ke peoples for food, medicine and technology and to store this information in database and maps. The product of this research will be accessed when T?Sou-ke consider both large, economic development projects proposed within their territory, and for plant harvesting opportunities (for food and commercial purposes) by their members. Using community engaged methods alongside of ethnography, mapping and vegetation surveys, the Intern will establish the breadth and depth of plant use and management in T?Sou-ke?s traditional food system at the time of contact with Europeans, and suggest how the T?Sou-ke?s current interests in these plant species can be accommodated now and in the future.

Faculty Supervisor:

Nancy Turner


Pamela Spalding


Firelight Group


Environmental sciences


Professional, scientific and technical services


University of Victoria



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