Nishiiyuu Department launches traditional medicine cards
In response to COVID-19, we wanted to share some of this knowledge with all Eeyouch and Eenouch so they can prevent and/or treat symptoms of COVID-19.
We are so proud to launch our Nishiiyuu departments first 7 Traditional Medicine Information Cards! The first 7 cards include the Eeyou-Iinuu Nituhkuyin: Balsam Fir, Cedar, Sage, Sweetgrass, Tamarack, Tobacco and White Spruce.
The Traditional Medicine Cards describe the general principles for collecting, preparing and using Balsam Fir, Cedar, Sage, Sweet grass, Tamarack, Tobacco and White Spruce. While we acknowledge that traditional healers and herbalists have different ways of doing this, the Traditional Medicine Cards also have contact information to learn more about Eeyou-Iinuu Nituhkuyin or to connect with a traditional healer or herbalist.
The mission of our Nishiiyuu department is to support Eeyouch/Eenouch in achieving miyupimaatisiiun through Iiyuu Miinwaachiihehkuusiiwiin Aapiimuutaanuuch (Traditional Healing Pathways). With the guidance of our Elders and traditional healers, we respect Eeyou-Iinuu Nituhkuyin and follow cultural protocols related to harvesting, preparing and sharing traditional medicines.
We would like to thank the traditional knowledge keepers for sharing these teachings with us.
Sage is one of our sacred medicines growing in Eeyou Istchee and other regions
Sweetgrass is one of our sacred medicines, symbolizing healing and peace
The Tamarack has important medicinal uses.Its boughs, bark (and bare branches in fall and winter) can be used to make tea
Tobacco is used in hunting rituals, healing and sacred ceremonies in Eeyou/Eenou Istchee
The White Spruce is a large coniferous evergreen tree that can be found in Whapmagoostui and along the coast