- Traditional Knowledge
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.
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. 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.
Printed copies of the Traditional Medicine cards will be included in the COVID-19 information package that will be sent to every household in Eeyou Istchee.
You can download the Traditional Medicine Cards here: