2020 Indigenous Communities Fellowship


Protect Medicinal Plants

To protect, to preserve, and to honor Indigenous environments and people.

Team Lead

Richelle Thomas

Janelle Knox-Hayes

In response to What is your solution?

Would it be possible to also quantify the toxicity of medicinal plants in the environment where communities collect and utilize the plants?

Richelle Thomas

This would be possible to an extent. These plants grow in distinct areas and during certain times of the year. For the Salvia, considering that they are essentially scarce in the traditional picking areas, it makes it a little more difficult to harvest these plants. Considering that we want to ensure the continued usage and practices of these areas by traditional practitioners and community users. It could be possible though. Thelesperma might be easier to harvest in the environment than Salvia.

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