My work in Aboriginal Family and Community Counselling lead me into the study of Social Work, for which I am in completion of my fourth year of the bachelor program through the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology: an Indigenous-owned and operated post-secondary school on Nlakapamux and Syilx territory. In my third year practicum, I was honored to work at Lu’ma Medical Centre: the very first culturally integrated primary healthcare service of its kind province-wide. At Lu’ma I witnessed the blending of Western allopathic medicine and traditional Indigenous approaches to healing in a culturally safe space open to all Indigenous people and their families. Lu’ma is one organization of many which are directly acting against systemic racism that continues to harm our Indigenous relatives. It is my vision to bring the practice of traditional medicine and holistic healing to Indigenous communities on a larger scale, to teach others how to heal themselves, and bring our Indigenous relatives back to a place of true power guided from the heart. Through ecological and social justice, I envision a world where Indigenous nations are sovereign and self-determined in their own governance, legal, and traditional practices. A world in which colonial forces and unhealthy systems are dismantled to create space for healthy and thriving communities to grow.
Although I have a background in science, I work with plant medicine on an energetic and spiritual level, as I believe that the world needs to remember and include the Spirit for effective healing to take place. It is my great pleasure to be able to work closely with the Plant People for the healing of all, and my joy is in being of service to others. Learning and growing with plants is a lifelong journey and one that pushes one to learn first how to heal oneself, which is the most challenging aspect of the medicine path. I have had to learn to heal my own trauma and victim consciousness from the experiences of abuse, violence, addictions, racism, and oppression, in order to become more aware of myself and to know and understand the meaning of healing and self-love. This path requires great discipline to unlearn social conditioning and honor myself through healthy eating, lifestyle, and spiritual practices which keep me grounded and give me the ability to anchor in the consciousness of love through the internal authority of the heart, for which our Earth and humanity is in great need of at this time.
I have developed an ability to communicate with the Plant Spirits and translate their messages in the form of medicine, to help people understand the meaning and integrate the healing at a root level. I am a proud Indigenous woman who stands strong in my culture. I am deeply committed to my own spiritual development, health and wellness, and cultural revitalization practices. An avid gardener and forest forager, you can find me in the bush or with my hands in the dirt. In the summer season, I am at the farmer’s market booth sharing medicines and knowledge, supporting local business and food, as well as building community. I am passionate about bringing accessible holistic medicine back into our communities. May this work plant the seed of a beautiful blooming into a future full of healthy and thriving people living in harmony with All That Is.
With loving gratitude,