Indigenous Land Protocol in Medicinal Harvesting
Learn the Indigenous Governance Protocols that are necessary for all healers, medical harvesters, plant-workers, and practitioners to transform relationship to Self, Others, Spirit and, Land/Waters.
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Meet your course instructor
Erynne Gilpin | PhD
Erynne Gilpin Ph.D is a mixed (Cree-Métis and Filipina/Celtic) community wellness researcher, activist, artist, educator, community birth doula, filmmaker and founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. Recently completing her Ph.D of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria (2020) in a project entitled "Land as Body: Indigenous Womxn's Leadership, Wellness and Embodied Governance," she is set to begin Post-Doctoral Research in September of 2020 at the Centre of Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement. Erynne’s research to date focuses on Indigenous wellness pedagogy, Indigenous Climate action, Land-based leadership and governance, storied-film education and “embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness.” Her future work centres Inter National (Canada – Guatemala – Brazil) Indigenous relations through storytelling and place-based knowledge as governance.
For Indigenous Communities, our languages are gifts from the Land and Waters. The sounds, frequencies, and vibrations they carry are direct manifestations of the healing properties of the planet we call home. Extended from our languages are social systems and governance protocols which encode all of the information that we need to live a good life. Miyo-Pimatisiwin. Our Languages, Governance Systems and Ceremonial Rights come from the Land and Water and in turn, we are responsible to uphold relational protocols which ensure that we enact good relationship to Land/Waters.
Indigenous relational protocols in harvesting, medicinal preparation, and Land-based healing practices have been disrupted through colonial settler-contact and attempted erasures of Indigenous cultures, governance, and ceremonies. However, the continued presence of Indigenous peoples, governance systems, cultures, and nations across so-called Canada demonstrates their survival and their resilience. Indigenous resurgence is the assertion of diverse Indigenous epistemologies (ways of being, knowing, relating), as well as practices of Land-based decolonization. This course provides students with a basic introduction to Indigenous Land Protocols, grounded in Indigenous Research Methodologies and situated on Coast Salish territories of the WSANEC, Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. There will be an emphasis on the formation, maintenance, and diversity of Indigenous identities. Topics include: Self-Location, Principles of Indigenous Land Protocol (4), Land Access Permissions, Sacred Lands, Land-Based Wellness Practices, Medicinal Harvesting Protocol, Water-based protocols.
This course intends to foster a greater appreciation for the strength and cultural continuity of Indigenous peoples, as well as a deepened understanding of the roles and responsibilities upheld by non-Indigenous communities on Indigenous Lands. A better understanding of Indigenous world-views and principles is meant to encourage students to consider their place within these relationships to self, to others, to Spirit, and to the Land.
You will learn about:
- Territorial acknowledgments (intended to situate a gathering).
- Breathing life into acknowledging our responsibilities as visitors to traditional and ancestral territories.
- How our presence on First Nations territory may interrupt ancient ways of being, knowing, and governing.
- Our responsibility to prevent further intrusion local territories, fishing grounds, village sites, and ceremonial places.
- How our presence here can either disrupt or repair the relationship between the original peoples and their land.
- How knowledge incites a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of territories and local efforts of Indigenous cultural strength.
- Our commitment to Indigenous Land-protocols in wellness practices.
- The opportunity to breathe life into efforts to reconcile past wrongs and establish new relationships, based on respect, reciprocity, and renewal.
Section I | Territorial Acknowledgment & Introduction
1. Introduction: Welcome to Your New Course
Meet your instructor Erynne M. Gilpin, Ph.D. She is Saulteaux-Cree Métis (she/her), a Birth Doula, and an Indigenous Learning Educator. Here, she will welcome you to your new program and introduce you to the foundations of what it means to be related to the land that you live upon.
2. Course Outline
Erynne discusses topics to be focused on in your course, including Indigenous Education Methods, Self-Location, Principles of Indigenous Land Protocols, Land Access Permissions, Sacred Lands, Land-Based Wellness Practices, Medicinal Harvesting Protocol, Accountability and Reflection.
Section II | Self-location
3. Introduction to Self-location Protocol: Locating Self in Relationship to One Another and to the Land
Explore the cultural Indigenous protocol for introducing your self to Others. In addition, you will also understand the 4 principles around self-location in order to create an opportunity to re-create and engage in trustful, respectful relationships with each other.
Section III | Principles of Indigenous Land Protocols
4. Indigenous Governance 101: Whose Land Do We Harvest On? Part I
Here you will explore what it may feel like to lose your land and the place that you hold sacred. Understand the significance of what it means to be an Indigenous person in relationship to the land and waters
5. Indigenous Governance 101: Whose Land Do We Harvest On? Part II
In an effort to reclaim Indigenous ways of being and learning, many folks are committed to learning the correct names of the territories they live on. Erynne gives a local example of a return to the original name of a popular hill/park in Victoria, B.C.
6. Applying Indigenous Research Methodologies to Land-Protocol in Medicinal Harvesting
What are the 4 principles of Indigenous medicinal harvest practice and how do they help you live a life based on respect, reciprocity, and renewal? See how these ideas are truly about moving forward, and not going backward.
Section IV | Land as Body: Indigenous Wellness & Relational Accountabilities
7. Land-Based Wellness Practices: Heal the Land, Heal the Body
Erynne invites you to read a powerful and frank write-up and to reflect upon 3 key questions in order to help you connect with your own relationship to your own well-being, the lands you harvest on, and your relationship to local Nations.
8. Land Access Permissions: Practice and Examples
In addition to exploring reciprocity, Erynne will take you through the Medicinal Wheel in order to help you understand how to live out balanced relationships with others. Explore the difference between appropriation and appreciation.
9. Sacred Lands
How do you define sacred? How do the ideas and concepts around sacred reflect relationships in your life and your medicinal practice? Explore the idea of sacred and understand the protocols and strict permissions around the sacred sites for local Nations.
10. Application: Medicinal Harvesting Protocol & Water-based Intentions
Go through a possible script that you can use when reaching out to local Nations. Watch Erynne go through the steps of finding the territory you are on and reaching out to the local Nation to initiate relationship.
11. Full Course Review + Indigenous Medicinal Harvesting Demonstration
Here you will watch your final course review and a full demonstration of Erynne’s personal medicinal harvesting practice – with cedar!
Students are saying…
“I like to harvest from nature, and it was all very informative! The last part was also beautiful where you could see the ceremony of harvest.”
“Gratitude for this course and the generous sharing of these teachings. It would have been great if this were offered in schools when I was growing up—incredibly important work.”
“I am currently learning how to harvest, and I have been wanting to know how to do so in the most respectful way. This course was amazing and thought provoking. So useful too!”
“She is very knowledgeable about how to be respectful when working with indigenous communities. She brings a lot of different perspectives on the subjects, and knows her material very well both intellectually and emotionally.”
“She brought a positive healing–based approach to this class and taught me so much. I really appreciated her teaching us phrases in Cree! That was very cool.”
“Erynne is by far the most incredible, interesting, and engaging professors I have ever had. Her teachings moved me and caused me to think about my day to day life and surroundings. She shows compassion and care when teaching.”
“The course was very interesting and provided a good introduction to the importance of land/water to Indigenous cultures. The presentation was very genuine. It was nice listening to Erynne!”
“With this essential course, I grew my awareness around self-location and Indigenous lands. It was very useful, and I’d love to take more courses with this instructor!”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.