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    Enjoy an afternoon of learning to deepen your understanding of plants and the roles they play in traditional and western medicine. Participate in sessions from two experts to understand the importance of plants through a series of stories. Experience a tipi being set up, a prayer and smudge ceremony, plus time to sip some traditional tea and a taste of some bannock.

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Outside at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m

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Outside at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m

Additional Ticket Required

Buy Tickets

Outside at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m

Additional Ticket Required

Breakout sessions:

Traditional Herbs and Medicines in Indigenous Culture

Through oral storytelling, learn about traditional herbs and medicines from TELUS World of Science - Edmonton’s Land-Based Learning Navigator Lynn Lush.

Understanding Plants and the History of their use in Medicine

Learn about the importance of plants in Western society with Dr. Karen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Grant MacEwan University. Through stories, you will explore our current understanding of plants as well as the history behind some of the ways in which plants are used medicinally.

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12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tipi set-up (pre-event)

A tipi will be set-up by the Métis Child & Family Services Society. Please feel free to join the event early to watch the tipi being set-up.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Opening 

The event begins with a short opening and treaty acknowledgment, followed by an opening prayer and smudge ceremony by Knowledge Keeper, Lynn Lush.

Fred Hines, Director of Indigenous Education at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, will provide an overview on what to expect at the event.

1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakouts

Experience two breakout sessions to learn about plants and their role in medicine from the science centre’s Land-Based Learning Navigator, Lynn Lush, and Grant MacEwan University Botanist, Dr. Karen Christensen-Dalsgaard.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout #1

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tea and Bannock Break

Traditional tea and bannock will be served in between breakout sessions.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakout #2

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Questions and Closing

Our expert presenters will come together to answer questions on plants and herbs used in healing.

Fred Hines will then close out the event with a reflection.


Dr. Karen Christensen-Dalsgaard

Karen is an assistant professor of plant sciences at MacEwan University. She has a PhD in tree physiology from Manchester University and has taught and done research on plant physiology and plant adaptations. She is interested in how plants respond to stimuli, including the chemical defense mechanisms that are behind many compounds we use medicinally.

Lynn Lush

Lynn Lush (whose Indigenous name is Blue Thunderbird woman – ozhaawashko binesi ikwe) is originally from Manitoba. She grew up in British Columbia with her adopted family. She is a survivor of the residential school system and the Sixties Scoop. At age 13, she started a journey to reclaim her traditional knowledge. She was taught by Elder Albert Lighting in Alberta, and several Elders from Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. She has lived in Edmonton for 10 years and enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge with anyone curious about Indigenous culture. She is an accomplished craftsperson and holds traditional knowledge in healing medicines.

Frequently Asked Questions

As this is a new event format for us, we’ve prepared answers for some questions you may have:

1. What if it rains?

There will be an indoor rain plan at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton if the weather does not cooperate.

2. How will the breakouts work?

We will split the group into two for the breakout sessions. This is to encourage you to ask questions of the presenters.

3. What time should I show up?

The tipi set-up will begin at 12:15 p.m. and you’re welcome to come at that time to watch. Otherwise, please arrive by 12:45 p.m. so we can start the event on time at 1:00 p.m.

4. Will this event be outdoors?

Yes! Please dress appropriately, wear sunscreen, and bring water bottles to prepare to be outside for the duration of the afternoon.

5. Will there be food and drink?

Yes, small samples of Bannock and traditional teas will be served in between the breakout sessions. Please have lunch before attending.

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