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Metis Plants for Food, Medicine & Tools: Grades 5-12


Grades 5 to 12. Metis herbalist Kalyn Kodiak will share stories and examples of how her Metis ancestors used plants to stay safe, healthy and warm.

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The Metis people used plants and animals to create almost everything they needed. Their homes, clothing, food, medicine and transportation were adapted from raw materials available on the prairies. Through knowledge of plants, and skills passed down from generation to generation, Metis ancestors were able to live a good life, hundreds of miles from the nearest town, fort or doctor. Kalyn Kodiak's visual storytelling will highlight practices that are still in use among some Metis people to this day. 

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Date:  This online program is held on Wednesday, June 22 from 1:00-1:45pm for grades 5-12

Presented in partnership with the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Network (EDIN), it is part of a series of online Indigenous-led programs for school groups to acknowledge and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

This program is conducted through Zoom.  One hour prior to the program, we will send you an email with the Zoom meeting ID.  Please ensure you have Zoom installed on your device or computer.  If you don’t have a library card, please visit to register for one.

Kalyn Kodiak:  Walking on the edge of two worlds, Kalyn is a student of Michif Lifeways and modern western medical research regarding phytochemicals. She is a resource on traditional medicines to the Metis communities of Southern Alberta, and aen aapikayahk sayncheur flayshii (Metis sash weaver)

Kalyn teaches workshops in health and herbs, Metis traditions, plant identification and cultural art. She has been honored to visit numerous schools, youth and community groups as a culture teacher and herbalist. She is a passionate guide to locals and tourists who wish to learn about the Metis of Southern Alberta. 

*Registration required
17 spots available
Registration Closed


Jun 22 2022, 1:00pm - 1:45pm


Online, Zoom 4

Event Type

School Support


Multicultural, Health and Wellness
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